Closed captioning transcript for the Special Called Hillsborough County School Board Meeting from June 29, 2021 - 9:30 a.m.

>>Lynn Gray:  WE ARE GOING TO CALL THIS  SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETING,  AND HONESTLY SPEND A LITTLE BIT  MORE TIME BEING SERIOUS.  I WANT TO THANK OUR BOARD  MEMBERS FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO  COMING TO THIS STAGE OF  DECISIVENESS.  I WILL GO OVER THE AGENDA TODAY  WITH THE ADDED NOTE THAT WE HAVE  A SPECIAL GUEST TODAY.  CHAUNCY, I AM GOING TO GIVE YOU  A MOMENT TO INTRODUCE YOURSELF  IN JUST A SECOND.  SO FIRST WE HAVE A SPECIAL  CALLED BOARD MEETING, AND  ATTORNEY JIM PORTER WILL LEAD  THAT.  SECONDLY, WE WILL GET INVOLVED A  LITTLE BIT INTO THE LEGISLATIVE  PLATFORM, AND MS. DAVIS WILL  LEAD THAT CHARGE, AND SHE IS SO  PREPARED.  AND I DO THINK WE'LL HAVE TIME  TO HOPEFULLY FINISH UP AT LEAST  TO A POINT WITH THE STUDENT CODE  OF CONDUCT, AND I KNOW THAT  FOLLOWING THAT, THERE WILL BE  ADDITIONAL ONE ON ONES WITH MS.  BAYS AND HER TEAM REGARDING THE  CODE OF CONDUCT.  THAT'S SUBJECT TO AN AGENDA ITEM  ON THE JULY 13th BOARD  MEETING.  SO WE DO NEED TO GET THAT DONE  AS WELL.  SO AT THIS POINT IN TIME, I  WOULD LIKE TO SHARE --  SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, WOULD YOU  LIKE TO INTRODUCE OUR GUEST?    

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM.  THANK YOU.  GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE.  AND WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TODAY  TO HAVE CHAUNCY JOHNSON WITH US.  HE IS SHADOWING ME AS  SUPERINTENDENT OF THE DAY.  HE WILL BE HERE FOR THE  MORNING'S WORKSHOP, AND THE SAME  TOKEN IN THE AFTERNOON AS WELL.  AS NOW THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY  CONTINUES TO HAVE AN BEAUTIFUL  PARTNERSHIP WITH CAREER SOURCE  TAMPA BAY, AND TODAY JUST PROUD  TO HAVE CHAUNCY WITH US TODAY,  WITH STEINBRENNER HIGH SCHOOL,  RISING SENIOR, SO MANY  ASPIRATIONS, A BASEBALL PLAYER,  BUT HE ALSO WON WANTS TO  CONTINUE TO PUSH THE PENCIL IN  THE CLASSROOM AND ASPIRES TO GO  TON COLLEGE, SOME LOCAL SOME  NOT, BUT IN THE STATE OF  FLORIDA, TO BE ABLE TO  TRANSITION TO BUSINESS.  BUT HE WILL BE HERE TODAY, AND  HE'S BEEN A MAJOR PART OF THE  SUMMER CAREER SOURCE TAMPA BAY  JOBS PROGRAM AND WE ARE EXCITED  TO LISTEN AND LEARN FROM HIM,  CONTINUE TO DO BETTER IN  HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY.  ANYTHING, SUPERINTENDENT  JOHNSON?    

>> GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE.  I'M JUST HAPPY TO SHARE THIS  OPPORTUNITY WITH MR. DAVIS.    

>>Lynn Gray: WELL, IT'S OUR  PLEASURE.  AND THANK YOU, CHAUNCY JONES,  FOR REPRESENTING OUR GUEST WITH  CAREER SOURCE, AND WE KNOW THAT  YOU ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF  GETTING OUR KIDS TO WORK WITH  THE CAREER SOURCE.  SO WE WANT TO THANK YOU AS WELL.    

>> WE HAVE MOM HERE, TOO.    

>>Lynn Gray: GOOD MORNING, MOM.  [ APPLAUSE ]  SO WE WILL GO AHEAD, BOARD  MEMBERS.  WE ARE GOING TO LET MR. PORTER  HANDLE THE SPECIAL CALLED BOARD  MEETING.  GOOD MORNING, MR. PORTER.    

>>Jim Porter: THANK YOU.  THE BOARD AND THE PUBLIC  UNDERSTAND WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH  THE RECENT VOTE ON THE DENIAL OF  CERTAIN CHARTER SCHOOL  APPLICATIONS AND YOUR NONRENEWAL  FOR EXISTING CHARTERS.  AS YOU KNOW, THE DISTRICT  RECEIVED A LETTER FROM THE  DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION LAST  WEEK THAT ASKED FOR A RESPONSE  BY 5:00 TODAY WHICH WE WILL  COMPLY WITH.  I WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW AS AN  UPDATE, MR. GIBSON WORKED ON  SENDING THE LETTERS OUT FOR THE  APPLICATIONS FOR THE NEW  CHARTERS THAT YOU DENIED LAST  WEEK, AND THERE'S ONE OUT LAST  WEEK, AND WE ANTICIPATE  RESPONDING NOT ONLY TO  COMMISSIONER CORCORAN TODAY BUT  ALSO SENDING THE LETTERS OUT FOR  THE NONRENEWAL FOR THOSE SCHOOLS  THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO  RENEW.  THERE ARE APPEAL PROCESSES IN  PLACE FOR BOTH THE DENIALS AND  THE NONRENEWALS.  THEY ARE SEPARATE.  BUT THEY ARE THERE, AND THEY ARE  VERY ROBUST APPEAL PROCESSES.  AND WE ANTICIPATE THAT SOME OF  THE DENIALS AND THE NONRENEWALS  WILL BE APPEALED, AND TO THAT  END WE REALLY CAUTION YOU TO BE  VERY THOUGHTFUL ABOUT MAKING ANY  STATEMENTS AT THIS POINT.  YOUR STATEMENTS ON THE RECORD AT  THE BOARD MEETING REALLY SERVE  AS THE BOARD'S REASONING FOR  DENYING OR NONRENEWING THE  CHARTER.  AT THIS POINT BECAUSE WE ARE  ANTICIPATING APPEALS AND PERHAPS  LITIGATION, IT'S BETTER TO BE  VERY CAUTIOUS ABOUT SAYING  ANYTHING.  THERE'S NO BOARD ACTION NEEDED  AT THIS POINT.  THERE ARE NO BOARD VOTES  ANTICIPATED.  BUT WE FELT IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR  YOU ALL TO UNDERSTAND THAT  RESPONDING TO THE LETTER FROM  THE COMMISSION OF EDUCATION AND  WE WILL BE SENDING OUT THE  LETTERS TO THE CHARTERS THAT YOU  CHOSE NOT TO RENEW.  AT THIS POINT, AGAIN, IT'S JUST  TO BE TRANSPARENT AND TO  LEGALITY NOW THAT WE WILL BE  REPLYING TO THAT LETTER TODAY.  THAT'S ALL I HAVE.    

>>Lynn Gray: MR. PORTER, WOULD  YOU GUIDE US IN TERMS OF  RECOMMENDING WHETHER WE SHOULD  HAVE DISCUSSION AT THIS POINT IN  TIME OR NOT?    

>>Jim Porter: I AM CERTAINLY  HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS,  BUT AGAIN I WOULD CAUTION THE  BOARD TO BE VERY THOUGHTFUL  ABOUT MAKING STATEMENTS OR  COMMENTS, BECAUSE YOU ALREADY  DID THAT AT YOUR BOARD MEETING.  AT THIS POINT WE ARE IN A LEGAL  PROCESS.  THE LETTERS THAT WILL BE SENT  OUT REALLY REFLECT YOUR  REASONING FOR NOT RENEWING THE  CHARTER, AND AS WELL AS THE  CHARTER APPLICATIONS THEMSELVES.  SO I THINK YOU NEED TO BE VERY  CAREFUL BECAUSE WE WILL  ANTICIPATE BEING IN LITIGATION  PERHAPS WITH THESE.    

>>Lynn Gray: BOARD MEMBERS, I  THINK WE DO HAVE A FEW  QUESTIONS, IF THAT WOULD BE FINE  WITH YOU, MR. PORTER, AND I DO  RECOGNIZE THAT ALL BOARD MEMBERS  ARE HERE TODAY.  OH, WE ARE MISSING -- OKAY,  EVERYONE IS HERE.  ALL RIGHTY.  MEMBER SNIVELY?    

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU,  MADAM CHAIR.  THANK YOU, MR. PORTER, FOR  REVIEWING THAT.  YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY, THIS IS A  VERY DISAPPOINTING SITUATION FOR  MANY FAMILIES, MANY STUDENTS WHO  ARE POTENTIALLY GOING TO BE  DISPLACED GOING BACK INTO THEIR  SCHOOL YEAR, AT SUCH A TIME  BEING THAT WE ARE STILL COMING  OUT OF THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC.  IT'S BEEN APP VERY STRESSFUL  YEAR FOR MANY FAMILIES.  AND THIS IS SOMETHING ON TOP OF  THAT.  AND I THINK THAT IF MOVING  FORWARD THE BOARD WOULD  RECONSIDER, OR I KNOW THERE ARE  SOME PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURES  AROUND IT.  I KNOW THAT A MOVE TO RECONSIDER  IS NOT VALID AT THIS POINT  BECAUSE THAT WOULD HAVE HAD TO  HAVE BEEN MADE BY SOMEONE ON THE  PREVAILING SIDE OF THE VOTE AT  THE SAME MEETING.    

>>Jim Porter: CORRECT.    

>>Melissa Snively: THE OTHER  MOTION WOULD BE TO RESCIND THE  VOTES THAT WERE MADE BECAUSE  THERE WERE MULTIPLE VOTES,  OBVIOUSLY NOT JUST ONE VOTE FOR  THIS PARTICULAR SITUATION, AND  SO I DON'T KNOW IF THAT WOULD  APPLY TO IF WE RESCINDED IT HOW  THAT WOULD WORK.  BUT THAT WOULD BE ONE OPTION, IF  I WERE TO MAKE A MOTION TO  RESCIND, THAT MEANS THAT WE  WOULD HAVE TO GO BACK TO THE  DRAWING BOARD, FULL, PUT THE  CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICATIONS BACK  ON THE NEXT AVAILABLE AGENDA TO  REVOTE.  IS THAT CORRECT?    

>>Jim Porter: I THINK YOU ARE  ABSOLUTELY CORRECT ON YOUR  PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE  QUESTION.  IT'S NOT APPROPRIATE FOR  RECONSIDERATION WOULD NOT BE  APPROPRIATE TODAY, BECAUSE WE  ARE NOT IN THE SAME MEETING.  A VOTE TO RESCIND, THERE'S  REALLY NO PRECEDENT FOR THAT.  YOU TOOK ACTION ON LAST WEEK OR  TWO WEEKS AGO.  THERE'S AN APPEAL PROCESS IN  PLACE.  YOU HAVEN'T PROVIDED ANY NOTICE  TO RESCIND.  SO IT DOESN'T FIT WELL INTO  ROBERTS RULES. IF THAT'S THE  WILL OF THE BOARD WE WOULD TRY  TO FIND A WAY TO MAKE IT WORK  BUT THERE ARE A COUPLE OF POINTS  I NEED TO MAKE.  ONE, THERE IS AN APPEAL PROCESS  IN PLACE.  AND THE APPEAL PROCESS FOR THE  NONRENEWALS, THEY GO THROUGH AN  ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE, AND  THEN THERE'S A FULL-BLOWN  HEARING AND THEY COME BACK TO  YOU FOR A FINAL DECISION AND  ALSO APPEAL RIGHTS FOR THE  SCHOOL THAT THEY CHOOSE TO TAKE  ADVANTAGE OF THAT, ARE NOT HAPPY  WITH THE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW  JUDGE.  ANOTHER IMPORTANT POINT, THOUGH,  IS DURING THE PENDENCY OF THE  APPEALS, AND DURING THE 90-DAY  PERIOD WHICH WE HAVE TO PROVIDE  NOTICE THAT WE ARE INTENDING TO  NOT RENEW THE CHARTER, THE  SCHOOLS STAY OPEN.  THEY ARE NOT BEING CLOSED.  THEY DIDN'T CLOSE THE DAY AFTER  YOU VOTED.  THE SCHOOLS HAVE RIGHTS.  AND THEY ARE BUILT INTO FLORIDA  STATUTES.  SO THE SCHOOLS DURING THE 90-DAY  PERIOD WHERE WE SEND THE LETTER  SAYING THAT WE ARE ANTICIPATING,  INTENDING TO CLOSE, THEY WILL  STAY OPEN.  DURING THE COURSE OF ANY APPEAL  THEY WILL STAY OPEN. IF WE  PERMANENTLY PREVAIL WE WOULD OF  COURSE WORK WITH THE CHARTER TO  MAKE SURE THE STUDENTS AND STAFF  WEREN'T DISPLACED OVERNIGHT.  SO THERE ARE SAFEGUARDS IN PLACE  TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DON'T HAVE  A SITUATION WHERE ALL OF A  SUDDEN CHILDREN HAVE NO PLACE TO  GO TO SCHOOL.  SO WE WILL WORK CLOSELY WITH THE  FAMILY, SO THAT'S NOT HAPPENING.    

>>Melissa Snively: AND I  APPRECIATE THAT AND THAT'S GOOD  INFORMATION FOR THE PUBLIC TO  KNOW FOR EVERYONE WHO IS  IMPACTED TO KNOW, AND THE  HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE THAT STANDING  OUTSIDE OF OUR BUILDING THIS  MORNING TO LET US KNOW THEIR  THOUGHTS AND THEIR OPINIONS ON  IT.  IF I COULD MAKE A MOTION TO  RESCIND, AND YOU COULD FIND A  WAY TO BACK INTO THAT, I KNOW  IT'S NOT SQUARE, BUT IT'S  POSSIBLE EVEN THOUGH WE  UNDERSTAND THE APPEAL PROCESS, I  WOULD STILL LIKE TO GO AHEAD AND  MAKE A MOTION THIS MORNING TO  RESCIND THE VOTE OF THE BOARD  FROM JUNE 15th MEETING.  I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO  CONSIDER WHAT THE BOARD HAS DONE  AS CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS OF  THE STATE OF FLORIDA.  IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO  FOLLOW STATUTE.  THAT IS WHAT WE ARE ELECTED TO  DO.  AND HONESTLY, SOMETIMES WE DON'T  SUPPORT NECESSARILY STATUTE, BUT  IN THAT CASE, THAT'S OUR  OBLIGATION TO LOBBY AND ADVOCATE  FOR WHAT WE BELIEVE IN, OR RUN  FOR THE LEGISLATIVE OFFICE TO  HAVE THAT INFLUENCE IN THE  LEGISLATURE.  SO AT THIS TIME I WOULD MAKE A  MOTION TO RESCIND THE VOTE FROM  JUNE 15th.    

>>Jim Porter: CAN YOU BE MORE  SPECIFIC?  BECAUSE THERE WERE MANY  SPECIFIC.    

>>Melissa Snively: THE EIGHT  VOTES FROM JUNE 15th.    

>>Lynn Gray: OKAY.  MR. PORTER, THERE'S A MOTION ON  THE FLOOR.    

>>Jim Porter: THERE'S A MOTION.  WE NEED A SECOND.    

>>Lynn Gray: AND THAT'S CORRECT.  THERE'S A MOTION.    

>>Jim Porter: I WOULD CAUTION  THE BOARD TO BE THOUGHTFUL ABOUT  THIS.    

>>Lynn Gray: OKAY.  THERE DOESN'T APPEAR TO BE A  SECOND.  IN THAT CASE THE MOTION DIES FOR  LACK OF A SECOND.    

>>Lynn Gray: THE MOTION WILL  DIE.    

>>Melissa Snively: MAY I MAKE  ONE MORE SINCE I DIDN'T GET A  SECOND TO THAT MOTION?  I AM FURTHER DISAPPOINTED THAT  WE DON'T PUBLIC COMMENT AT THIS  MEETING TODAY.  THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO  DID NOT GET A CHANCE TO VOICE  THEIR OPINIONS, THEIR THOUGHTS  ABOUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED, THERE  ARE OVER 2,000 FAMILIES THAT ARE  IMPACTED BY THIS, AND IF WE ARE  A BOARD WHO TELLS THE PUBLIC  THAT WE WANT TO BE TRANSPARENT,  THAT WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU,  AND THERE ARE OTHER WAYS THAT WE  DO HEAR FROM OUR CONSTITUENTS,  BUT THIS IS OUR JOB.  WE WERE ELECTED TO REPRESENT OUR  CONSTITUENTS AND THE PEOPLE IN  OUR COMMUNITIES, AND IT'S  UNFORTUNATE AND VERY  DISAPPOINTING THAT THERE'S NO  PUBLIC COMMENT AROUND THIS  PARTICULAR TOPIC, AND THAT ALL  OF THE PEOPLE ESPECIALLY THE  ONES WHO MADE THE EFFORT TO COME  OUT, HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE  OUTSIDE AND MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE  SITTING IN THIS ROOM WHO MAY NOT  BE ABLE TO SEE ON TELEVISION,  ARE SITTING HERE HOPING TO HAVE  A VOICE, AND WE ARE MUZZLING THE  PUBLIC ON THIS, AND IT'S VERY  DISAPPOINTING THAT THAT'S  HAPPENING, AND I HOPE THAT THE  BOARD CONSIDERS THAT MOVING  FORWARD, THE TRANSPARENCY, AND  WE MAY BE HEARING FROM SOME  PEOPLE THIS AFTERNOON.  I HOPE WE AT LEAST HEAR FROM  SOME OF THE FOLKS IN THIS ROOM  OR OUTSIDE THE BOARD MEETING  THIS AFTERNOON.    

>>Jim Porter: I NEED TO ADDRESS  THAT.  STATE LAW REQUIRES PUBLIC  COMMENT BE PROVIDED WHEN THE  BOARD IS GOING TO TAKE ACTION.  THIS WAS NOT INTENDED TO BE A  SITUATION WHERE THE BOARD TOOK  ACTION.  SO THERE WAS NO PUBLIC COMMENT.  THIS WAS TO BE A BRIEFING,  PUBLIC COMMENT AT THE BOARD  MEETING TONIGHT, AND I THINK  THERE ARE ALREADY PEOPLE SIGNED  UP THAT WILL BE ADDRESSING THIS  ISSUE.  BUT THIS WAS INTENDED TO BE A  WORKSHOP.  WE CALL AT SPECIAL CALLED BOARD  MEETING BECAUSE WE NEEDED TO BE  TRANSPARENT AND GIVE A BRIEFING  ABOUT THE RESPONSE TO MR.  CORCORAN'S LETTER TO THE BOARD.  IN A WORKSHOP YOU TYPICALLY  WOULDN'T HAVE PUBLIC COMMENT,  AND THAT WAS WHERE THE THOUGHT  PROCESS BEHIND.  I FULLY UNDERSTAND YOUR POINT  AND I THINK THERE WILL BE ROBUST  PUBLIC COMMENT TONIGHT.  AND I THINK THERE WILL BE  PROBABLY AN EXTENDED AMOUNT OF  PUBLIC DOCUMENT.    

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU.  I ANTICIPATE THERE WILL BE.    

>>Lynn Gray: AND MEMBER SNIVELY,  I THINK WE ALL APPRECIATE THE  NEED FOR THE VOICES TO BE HEARD.  AND IT DOES FEEL LIKE WE ARE  STIFLING THEM, AND THAT'S NOT A  VERY COMFORTABLE FEELING.  SO OUR ATTORNEY MR. PORTER  RECOMMENDED THAT THIS BE A  SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETING,  WHICH HAS CERTAIN ATTACHMENTS TO  IT, REQUIREMENTS.  BUT, AGAIN, MR. PORTER, I THINK  THAT IS GOING TO CONCLUDE THE  DISCUSSION, UNLESS WE HAVE  ANOTHER SPEAKER.  I DO HAVE A QUESTION.  MEMBER HAHN?    

>>Stacy Hahn: I JUST WANT TO  CLARIFY, AND I THINK IT'S  IMPORTANT FOR THE RECORD.  ONE,  I DO AGREE WE CANNOT STIFLE --  WE WORK FOR THE TAXPAYERS.  SO IT'S IMPORTANT TO HEAR WHAT  THEY HAVE TO SAY.  I UNDERSTAND THE RATIONALE FOR  IT BUT IT DOES CONCERN ME  BECAUSE THIS IS SOMETHING WE ARE  SEEING ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WHERE  PEOPLE AT SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS  ARE BEING TOLD THAT THEY ARE NOT  GOING TO BE HEARD, AND SO THAT'S  CONCERNING TO ME.  BUT I WOULD ALSO LIKE IT TO BE  ON THE RECORD, DID YOU CALL THIS  BOARD MEETING, THIS SPECIAL  CALLED BOARD MEETING TODAY?    

>>Lynn Gray: NO.  MR. PORTER DID.    

>>Stacy Hahn: I JUST WANT TO  MAKE SURE THAT'S CLEAR, MS. GRAY  DIDN'T CALL THIS MEETING,  THAT --    

>>Jim Porter: IT WASN'T CALLED.  THERE WAS A WORKSHOP ALREADY IN  PLACE.  YOU WERE SCHEDULED TO MEET  TODAY.  WE GOT THE LETTER ON WEDNESDAY.  AND THE COMMISSIONER REQUESTED A  RESPONSE BY 5:00 TODAY.  SO IT WASN'T REALLY APPROPRIATE  TO PUT IT ON YOUR REGULAR BOARD  MEETING, BECAUSE IF IT WAS JUST  A WORKSHOP WE FELT IT WAS  IMPORTANT TO CALL THIS A SPECIAL  CALLED BOARD MEETING WHILE YOU  ARE ALREADY MEETING STOW WE CAN  FULLY BRIEF YOU ON IT.  THAT WAS THE RATIONAL BEHIND  THAT.    

>>Stacy Hahn: I UNDERSTAND THAT.  IT WAS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE  BOARD CHAIR CALLS ANY TYPE OF  SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETING,  AND MAYBE I'M MISTAKEN BUT THAT  WAS MY UNDERSTANDING.  AND IT WAS JUST MY CONCERN THAT  THIS IS SENDING VERY MIXED  MESSAGES TO OUR CONSTITUENTS.  REGARDLESS WHETHER IT'S ABOUT  CHARTERS OR ANY OTHER TOPIC,  WHEN OUR CONSTITUENTS HEAR THAT  THIS IS A BOARD MEETING, A  SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETING,  THEY EXPECT IT TO BE RUN AS  SUCH.  AND SO I UNDERSTAND YOUR  RATIONAL FROM A LEGAL  PERSPECTIVE, BUT YOU HAVE TO  UNDERSTAND IT IS STILL CALLED A  BOARD MEETING, AND WITH THAT  COMES CERTAIN EXPECTATIONS FROM  THE PUBLIC.    

>>Jim Porter: UNDERSTOOD.    

>>Melissa Snively: MEMBER HAHN,  IF YOU SECOND MY MOTION WE WILL  ALLOW PUBLIC COMMENT.    

>> I HEARD A MOTION TO RESCIND  THE VOTE.  THAT'S VERY DIFFERENT.  IT'S CONVOLUTED HERE BUT MY  COMMENTS ARE AROUND, ONE, THIS  IS A SPECIAL CALLED BOARD  MEETING.  I WANT IT TO BE CLEAR WHO CALLED  THAT MEETING AND WHO DIDN'T.  AND IF WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A  SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETING,  MAYBE WE SHOULD BE MEETING IN  THE BOARD ROOM RIGHT NOW.  MAYBE IT SHOULD BE CONDUCTED AS  A BOARD MEETING.  AGAIN, IT'S JUST MIXED MESSAGING  AROUND WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE  THIS MORNING.    

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER SNIVELY?    

>>Melissa Snively: COULD WE  ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO HEAR  PUBLIC COMMENT TODAY?    

>>Lynn Gray: AT THIS POINT IN  TIME, MR. PORTER?    

>>Jim Porter: YOU CAN ALWAYS  ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO HEAR  PUBLIC COMMENT.    

>>Melissa Snively: I WOULD LIKE  TO MAKE A MOTION THEN, IN HERE.    

>>Stacy Hahn: I WOULD LIKE TO  UNDERSTAND HOW THAT -- HOW IS  THAT GOING TO WORK WITH --    

>>Jim Porter: WELL, HERE IS THE  DEAL.  YOU ALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO  THAT, ABSOLUTELY.  I THINK YOU HAVE TO THINK  THROUGH THAT WHAT THAT REALLY  MEANS.  THERE'S GOING TO BE PUBLIC  COMMENT TONIGHT AT THE BOARD  MEETING.  THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE SIGNED  UP FOR THAT.  THAT'S BUILT INTO THE PROCESS.  THIS WAS INTENDED TO BE A  WORKSHOP, AND AGAIN NO ACTION  TAKEN.  I UNDERSTAND YOUR POINT, DR.  HAHN.  IT'S UP TO THE BOARD HOW YOU  WANT TO DO IT.    

>>Stacy Hahn: UP NEVER SHOULD  HAVE CALLED A SPECIAL CALLED  BOARD MEETING.  YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS.    

>>Jim Porter: I THINK I  EXPLAINED THAT TO YOU PRIVATELY  AND HAPPY TO DO IT PUBLICLY.  SO THE BOARD, I WANT TO GIVE THE  BOARD THE SPACE IF YOU WANT TO  MAKE A MOTION, WHICH BOARD  MEMBER SNIVELY DID.  YOU CANNOT MAKE MOTIONS AT  WORKSHOPS.  THE SECRETARY, COMMISSIONER OF  EDUCATION, SUGGESTED THAT YOU  WOULD WANT TO OVERTURN YOUR  DECISION.  THERE'S NO REAL PROCESS FOR THAT  I WANTED TO GIVE THE BOARD AS  ELECTED OFFICIAL IT IS FULL  SPACE TO USE YOUR FULL POWER.  THIS IS NOT AN EASY SITUATION.  THERE IS NO PRECEDENT FOR THIS  SITUATION.  TRYING TO MAKE A DECISION BASED  ON A SET OF FACTS THAT WERE NOT  OUR MAKING AND TRY TO GIVE THE  BOARD YOUR FULL POWER.  I UNDERSTAND PEOPLE AREN'T  HAPPY.  I UNDERSTAND IT PUTS YOU IN A  SITUATION THAT'S NOT  COMFORTABLE.  THERE WASN'T A CLEAR PATH THAT  WAS GOING TO MAKE EVERYBODY  HAPPY.  AND THIS WAS WHAT I RECOMMENDED  AS A WAY THAT WOULD BE MOST  TRANSPARENT AND GIVE YOU FULL  USE OF YOW POWERS AND ALSO  PRESERVE YOUR DECISION AND  UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE GOING TO  BE IN AN APPEAL PROCESS THAT WE  HAVE TO DEFEND.  AND SO THAT'S THE RATIONALE, AND  AGAIN, I UNDERSTAND IT'S NOT A  PERFECT SITUATION.  I UNDERSTAND IT MAKES SOME  PEOPLE UNHAPPY.  IT MAKES SOME PEOPLE  UNCOMFORTABLE.  THERE'S NO PRECEDENT FOR IT.  WE NEVER HAD THIS HAPPEN IN  HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BEFORE WITH  NONRENEWALS.  WE NEVER HAD A LETTER FROM THE  COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION ASKING  YOU OVERTURN A DECISION WE MADE  LEGALLY.  SO AGAIN WITH THAT SET OF FACTS,  WE HAD TO COME UP WITH SOME SORT  OF PROCESS THAT WOULD BE THE  LEAST BAD.    

>>Stacy Hahn: AND I APPRECIATE  THAT.  AND WE DID HAVE A CONVERSATION  PRIVATELY, BECAUSE I DID HAVE  QUESTIONS.  AND MY RATIONALE FOR TALKING  ABOUT IT NOW IS BECAUSE I HAVE  HAD -- ESPECIALLY IN THE LAST 24  HOURS, VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE  PROCESS.  SO I JUST WANTED TO HAVE THAT  DISCUSSION HERE SO IT'S ON THE  RECORD, SO EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS  THE RATIONALE BEHIND IT, AND SO  I APPRECIATE THAT.  I DO HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THE  PUBLIC COMMENT.  I UNDERSTAND TONIGHT IS AN  OPPORTUNITY FOR THAT.  IT'S JUST I AM GETTING QUESTIONS  FROM MY CONSTITUENTS WHO ARE  SAYING, WELL, I DON'T  UNDERSTAND, IF THIS IS A BOARD  MEETING, WHY CAN'T I COME AND  SPEAK?  SO HAVING YOU ON THE LEGAL SIDE,  YOU EXPLAIN IT MUCH MORE  ELOQUENTLY THAN I DO, BUT I  THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE  THAT DISCUSSION IN THE PUBLIC SO  THAT THEY UNDERSTAND WHY THE  MEETING IS BEING RUN THE WAY IT  IS, WHY WE ARE HERE, NOT IN THE  BOARD ROOM, SO IT'S VERY CLEAR  TO MY CONSTITUENTS, ALL OF OUR  CONSTITUENTS -- I'M SURE  EVERYONE IS GETTING SOME  QUESTIONS ABOUT IT SOME FORM OR  OTHER, AS TO WHY THE MEETING IS  BEING RUN THIS WAY.  SO I APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS.    

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER HAHN, DOES  THAT SATISFY YOUR QUESTIONS?    

>>Stacy Hahn: YES.  THANK YOU.  I'M SURE MY CONSTITUENTS ALSO  APPRECIATE THE CONVERSATION.    

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU.  MEMBER SNIVELY, I UNDERSTAND  WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO AND  SAY, AND I RESPECT WHAT YOU ARE  GOING TO DO AND SAY.  SO, BUT I ALSO AM FOLLOWING A  LEGAL UMBRELLA, WHICH I THINK IS  WHAT MR. PORTER IS PRESENTING,  BUT HAVING SAID THAT, I DO WANT  YOU TO CONTINUE.  I THINK -- DID YOU WANT TO SPEAK  AGAIN?    

>>Melissa Snively: THERE'S A  MOTION ON THE FLOOR AS FAR AS I  AM CONCERNED.  I AM WAITING FOR A SECOND FOR  PUBLIC COMMENT.  AND THEN POTENTIALLY LOGISTICS  THAT WILL ALLOW FOR PUBLIC  COMMENT.    

>>Lynn Gray: THERE'S A MOTION ON  THE FLOOR.    

>>Stacy Hahn: SO YOUR MOTION  IS --    

>>Melissa Snively: AT THIS  POINT, AT THIS MEETING, AT THIS  SPECIAL CALLED SCHOOL BOARD  MEETING.    

>>Stacy Hahn: SECOND THAT.    

>>Lynn Gray: THERE'S A MOTION ON  THE FLOOR.  IT'S BEEN SECONDED.  ANY DISCUSSION?  MEMBER VAUGHN?    

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU VERY  MUCH, MADAM CHAIR.  I AM ONE OF THE BIGGEST  PROPONENTS OF PUBLIC DISCUSSION  AND PUBLIC COMMENT.  AND I MADE A COMMENT AT A  PREVIOUS MEETING WHERE WE  DECIDED TO EXTEND PUBLIC  COMMENT, BUT THERE HAS BEEN  PLENTY OF TIMES WHERE MEMBERS ON  THIS BOARD HAVE SAT WHEN THERE'S  BEEN AN OUTCRY FOR PUBLIC  COMMENT AND NOT EXTENDED THE  TIME OR ALLOWED FOR FULL PUBLIC  COMMENT.  HOWEVER, I HAD SEVERAL  CONSTITUENTS REACH OUT TO ME AS  WELL TO ASK IF THERE WOULD BE  PUBLIC COMMENT AT THIS MEETING  TODAY AND WAS TOLD NO, AND TOLD  THEM NO.  SO I DON'T THINK IT'S  NECESSARILY FAIR TO HAVE PUBLIC  COMMENT FOR SOME PEOPLE WHO  SHOWED UP AND FOR OTHERS WHO  WERE NOT ADVISED THERE WOULD BE  PUBLIC COMMENT AT THIS MEETING.  I THINK IF WE WANT TO EXTEND  TONIGHT, THAT'S ANOTHER  OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO COME  AND SPEAK.  WE ARE NOT MUZZLING THEM.  WE ARE GIVING THEM ANOTHER  OPPORTUNITY.  BUT WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE IT  FAIR SO THAT EVERYBODY HAS THE  OPPORTUNITY TO COME AND SPEAK AT  THE SAME TIME WITH THE SAME  AMOUNT OF INFORMATION.  SO THAT'S KIND OF MY THOUGHT  PROCESS ON THAT.  THANK YOU.    

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER  VAUGHN.  DO WE HAVE ANY OTHER COMMENTS,  ANY DISCUSSION?  WELL, OKAY, MEMBER SNIVELY, THEN  MEMBER COMBS AND THEN MEMBER  SNIVELY.    

>> I AM ALSO A PROPONENT OF  PUBLIC COMMENT.  THE OTHER DAY I SAID I WILL STAY  TILL MIDNIGHT.  MY BIGGEST SUSPICION ON THE WAY  TONIGHT I AM SPOKE TO SOMEONE  AND THEY SAID I AM SO  DISAPPOINTED THAT I WASN'T  ALLOWED TO COME IN FOR PUBLIC  COMMENT.  AND I SPOKE TO HIM ON THE WAY  HERE TODAY, AND I SAID I'M  SORRY, HE SAYS WELL, I WILL COME  THIS EVENING.  I THINK IT'S UNFAIR BECAUSE I  THINK THAT INDIVIDUAL, OTHER  INDIVIDUALS WOULD HAVE COME IF  THEY KNEW THEY WERE GOING TO  ALLOW PUBLIC COMMENT.  SO I THINK BECAUSE WE SAID THERE  WASN'T PUBLIC COMMENT, I THINK  IT'S UNFAIR TO THE PUBLIC TO  ONLY ALLOW CERTAIN PEOPLE TO  COME.  SO THAT'S MY BIGGEST ISSUE.  IF YOU ARE GOING TO ALLOW IT, IT  NEEDS TO BE NOTICED AHEAD OF  TIME, SO THAT WAY PEOPLE CAN  COME ON ANY SIDE TO TALK ABOUT  ANYTHING AN ISSUE.  IF YOU SAY THAT THERE'S NOT  GOING TO BE PUBLIC COMMENT, THE  MEETING STARTS AND ALL OF A  SUDDEN YOU DECIDE TO HAVE PUBLIC  COMMENT, HOW IS THAT FAIR, YOU  KNOW?  I THINK WE NEED TO BE A LITTLE  MORE INTENTIONAL, CONSIDER THIS  AND MAYBE HAVE PUBLIC COMMENT AT  ANY TIME THAT WE MEET, AND ALLOW  THAT, BECAUSE IT'S VERY  IMPORTANT THAT WE HEAR FROM THE  PUBLIC, BUT IT'S ALSO VERY  IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE ARE  NOTICED IF THEY ARE ALLOWED TO  SPEAK OR NOT.  THAT'S MY BIGGEST CONCERN.  THANK YOU.    

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

>>Melissa Snively: I APPRECIATE  THE COMMENTS OF MY FELLOW  COLLEAGUES.  IT IS, THOUGH, IN THE CASE OF  THE SPECIAL CALLED BOARD  MEETING, THERE'S ALWAYS THE  POSSIBILITY THAT PUBLIC COMMENT  COULD OCCUR.  SO WHEN CONSTITUENTS ASK ME IF  THERE'S GOING TO BE PUBLIC  COMMENT, I DID TELL THEM THAT  THERE'S NOT A SIGN-UP FOR PUBLIC  COMMENT, HOWEVER THERE IS THE  POSSIBILITY IF SOMEONE WERE TO  MAKE A MOTION, THAT WE WOULD  HEAR PUBLIC COMMENT, AND SO I  THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR BOARD  MEMBERS, AND I CONSULTED WITH  MR. PORTER JUST TO VERIFY THAT  THAT WAS THE SITUATION, BECAUSE  EVEN THOUGH A VOTE WAS NOT  NECESSARILY ANTICIPATED FOR THIS  PARTICULAR SPECIAL CALLED BOARD  MEETING, IT DOESN'T MAKE IT  IMPOSSIBLE TO HAVE IT.  AND IF WE GIVE OUR PUBLIC TWO  OPPORTUNITIES TO SPEAK, WE HAVE  SEVERAL PEOPLE THAT ARE HERE  THIS MORNING THAT MAY NOT BE  ABLE TO MAKE IT TO THE SCHOOL  BOARD MEETING OR MAY NOT BE ABLE  TO SIGN UP LATER THIS AFTERNOON.  WHY NOT ALLOW THE ONES THAT ARE  HERE TO SPEAK, AND THEN IF THE  FOLKS THAT WERE NOT ABLE TO COMB  THIS MORNING OR WERE TOLD THERE  WASN'T PUBLIC COMMENT THIS  MORNING, THEY WOULD HAVE THE  OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK THIS  AFTERNOON.  SO THE MAIN INTENTION, THOUGH,  IS TO HEAR OUR CONSTITUENTS, TO  HEAR THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE AN  OPINION, WHO HAVE A VOICE.  AND IT FAIR TO NOT HAVE PUBLIC  COMMENT?  IT'S PROBABLY THE BIGGER  QUESTION.  IS IT FAIR TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO  SHOWED UP THIS MORNING WHO MIGHT  WANT TO HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY TO  NOT ALLOW THEM TO SPEAK  ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE NOT GOING  TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK AT THIS  AFTERNOON'S SCHOOL BOARD  MEETING.  I DON'T THINK THERE'S SUCH THING  AS TOO MUCH OPPORTUNITY TO  EXPRESS OUR VOTERS AND OUR  CONSTITUENTS AND OUR FAMILY  THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS TO OUR  BOARD.  I DON'T THINK IT HURTS AT ALL TO  HEAR BOTH SIDE OF THE SITUATION,  AND I THINK IT'S FAIR FOR THE  PEOPLE WHO SHOWED UP THIS  MORNING, IF WE WANT TO GIVE THEM  AN OPPORTUNITY, MAYBE LIMIT IT.  WE COULD LIMIT IT TO 45 MINUTES  OR AN HOUR OR WHATEVER THE BOARD  WOULD LIKE, BUT I DO THINK IT'S  FAIR TO ALL OF OUR VOTERS, ALL  OF OUR CONSTITUENTS, ALL OF OUR  FAMILIES TO HAVE BEEN ALLOW AS  MUCH PUBLIC COMMENT AS POSSIBLE.  SO WHY NOT HAVE A LITTLE BIT  THIS MORNING AND THEN HAVE SOME  MORE THIS AFTERNOON SO WE CAN  HEAR THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF  PEOPLE.  THANK YOU.    

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

>>Karen Perez: THE TIME THAT WE  HAVE TAKEN TO DISCUSS THIS, WE  COULD HAVE HEARD PUBLIC COMMENT.    

>>Lynn Gray: OKAY.  WELL, WE ARE APPRECIATING THE  DISCUSSION BECAUSE WE ARE  GETTING YOUR CONSENSUS.    

>>HENRY "SHAKE" WASHINGTON: I  THINK WE SHOULD LET THEM SPEAK.  THEY ARE HERE NOW AND I THINK  GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO  SPEAK BECAUSE THEY ARE OUR  CONSTITUENTS.  I AGREE WITH MS. SNIVELY.    

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER  WASHINGTON.  SO AT THIS TIME, IF YOU ARE IN  FAVOR -- LET ME GIVE A CAVEAT.  MEMBER SNIVELY, WITH RESPECT TO  THE COMMENTS MADE WITH MEMBER  VAUGHN AND CERTAINLY MEMBER  COMBS, WHICH IS DEFINITELY ONE  WAY OF LOOKING AT IT BEING FAIR,  WE ARE ALL TRYING TO BE FAIR.  WE ARE ALL TRYING TO MAKE  EVERYONE HAPPY.  THERE'S AN IMPOSSIBILITY.  BUT THE TRUISM OF DEMOCRACY IS  TO ALLOW THE VOICE TO BE HEARD.  THAT GOES ACROSS ALL OPINIONS  AND ALL PROCEDURES, EVEN THOUGH  WE ARE UNDER THIS LEGAL  UMBRELLA, WHICH I KNOW YOU  RESPECT AS WELL.  I WOULD ALSO RECOMMEND IF WE DO  PUBLIC COMMENT IN RESPECT TO OUR  KRISTIN DAVIS WHO HAS PREPARED A  WORKSHOP, AND STAFF, AND MS.  BAYS, WHO BROUGHT HER STAFF,  WITH RESPECT I WOULD SAY LET'S  DO THE PUBLIC COMMENT, LIMIT IT  TO 45 MINUTES, TWO MINUTES EACH,  AND I WILL PROBABLY WANT TO  COMMAND THAT TIMELINE, IF THAT  IS FAVORABLE TO YOU ALL, THEN  YOU CAN JUST NOD YOUR HEADS,  BECAUSE I THINK WE HAVE  CONSENSUS ON PUBLIC COMMENT.  MEMBER WASHINGTON, I SEE YOUR  HESITATION.    

>>HENRY "SHAKE" WASHINGTON: I  THINK FROM NOW ON WE NEED TO  MAKE THIS CLEAR BECAUSE IT'S  CLOUDY NOW, NOT ONLY IF WE ARE  GOING TO HAVE PUBLIC SPEAKING,  WE NEED TO LET THE PUBLIC KNOW.  RIGHT NOW WE ARE KIND OF LIKE  BUMPING ALL OVER THE PLACE.    

>>Lynn Gray: YES, AND --    

>>HENRY "SHAKE" WASHINGTON: IT  SHOULDN'T BE LIKE THAT.  IT REALLY SHOULD NOT.    

>>Lynn Gray: AND I APOLOGIZE FOR  MAKING THIS CONFUSING TO BOARD  MEMBERS.  I WOULD NEVER HAVE WANTED THAT  AT ALL.  BUT THAT'S THE WAY IT IS.  MR. PORTER, YOU ARE GOING TO GO  AHEAD AND FINISH THE STATEMENT.  WE'LL HAVE PUBLIC COMMENT, TWO  MINUTES EACH.    

>>Jim Porter: YOU NEED TO VOTE.  I THINK THE OTHER THING TO BE  THOUGHTFUL ABOUT, AND THE BOARD  CERTAINLY HAS THE RIGHT TO HAVE  PUBLIC COMMENT, TYPICALLY AT  YOUR REGULAR MEETING YOU HAVE 45  MINUTES OF PUBLIC COMMENT  BECAUSE YOU HAVE A FULL AGENDA.  SECONDLY, THERE'S ONLY ONE ITEM  ON THE AGENDA, SO YOU DON'T HAVE  TO BE BOUND BY 45 MINUTES.  YOU CAN COME UP -- BECAUSE  THERE'S REALLY ONLY ONE AGENDA  ITEM THAT'S POTENTIALLY  ACTIONABLE.    

>>Lynn Gray: AGAIN, MR. PORTER,  I DO WANT TO RESPECT THOSE  INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE PREPARED  FOR THEIR VERSION.  AND I THINK THAT'S VERY  IMPORTANT.  THAT WOULD BE FROM THE CHAIR'S  POINT OF VIEW AND I THINK YOU  ALL AGREE WITH THAT.  SO I THINK WE CAN HAVE IT BOTH  WAYS.  I DON'T WANT ANY MORE CONFUSING  ELEMENTS BEING BROUGHT IN.  BOARD MEMBERS, CAN WE VOTE?  WOULD YOU ALLOW 45 MINUTES OF  PUBLIC COMMENT AT THIS POINT IN  TIME?  YOU CAN JUST RAISE YOUR HAND YES  OR NO, IF WE HAVE CONSENSUS,  THEN WE WILL.  MR. PORTER?    

>>Jim Porter: THAT'S FINE.  SO THE MOTION PASSES.  I THINK WHAT YOU NEED TO THINK  ABOUT THEN IS LOGISTICS SO MAYBE  YOU WANT TO GO INTO MS. DAVIS'  PRESENTATION AND AT THE END HAVE  PUBLIC COMMENT.    

>>Lynn Gray: I WOULD BE A MEAN  TO BELIEVE THAT.    

>>Jim Porter: BECAUSE THIS  WASN'T ANTICIPATED AND I THINK  YOU HAVE TO SET UP LOGISTICS.    

>>Lynn Gray: SUPERINTENDENT  DAVIS?    

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM  THROUGH THE CHAIR.  WE'LL MAKE CERTAIN WE GET  SIGN-UP OVER HERE WITH OUR TEAM  AND MAKE CERTAIN THAT ANY  INDIVIDUALS WHO WISHES TO SPEAK  THIS MORNING, JUST SEE MRS.  CROSS, THEY WILL TAKE THEIR NAME  DOWN, WE'LL MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE  DO IT IN A FASHION THAT'S  FAVORABLE, WE WILL BE ABLE TO  CAPTURE THAT INFORMATION AND  TRANSITION TO.    

>>Jim Porter: THAT'S A GOOD  IDEA.    

>> BEFORE YOU RECESS, WAS THAT A  UNANIMOUS VOTE?    

>>Lynn Gray: I BELIEVE IT WAS --  YES, IT WAS A UNANIMOUS AMOUNT  OF VOTES, YES.    

>> I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE  RECORDED THAT.    

>>Lynn Gray: OKAY.  SO MEMBER VAUGHN HAS A STATEMENT  TO MAKE.  GO AHEAD.    

>> I WANTED TO HAVE MORE  DISCUSSION REGARDING WHAT MR.  PORTER SAID AS FAR AS THE TIME.  BUT THE VOTE WENT THROUGH, SO I  DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU CONSIDER  THAT AS FAR AS UNANIMOUS.  I WANTED TO HAVE MORE  DISCUSSION.    

>>Lynn Gray: WELL, IT HAS BEEN  UNANIMOUS FOR A WHILE.  BUT AT ANY RATE, WE DO HAVE, I  THINK, THE CONSENSUS.  AND TO MEMBER PEREZ'S POINT, THE  MORE I YAP ON THIS SPEAKER THE  LESS TIME WE HAVE FOR WHAT WE  NEED TO BE DOING AND LISTENING  TO PUBLIC COMMENT.  SO I THINK WE NEED TO GET ON  WITH THE SHOW.  MR. PORTER?    

>>Jim Porter: I THINK SUGGEST A  SHORT RECESS SO WE CAN FIGURE  OUT --    

>>Lynn Gray: WE ARE GOING TO  HAVE A SHORT RECESS, AND  CERTAINLY IF YOU HAVE ANY  COMMENTS TO MAKE WITH MR. PORTER  AND EACH OTHER, THAT WOULD BE  APPROPRIATE.  THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS.  LET'S HAVE FIVE MINUTES AND THEN  LET'S BEGIN.  (RECESS)    

>>Lynn Gray: BOARD MEMBERS, IF  YOU WILL TAKE YOUR SEATS.  I WILL GIVE THE SPEAKERS A  LITTLE BIT OF POINT OF  REFERENCE -- JUST SO YOU HAVE A  FEW RULES.  WE ARE GOING TO START OUT  WITH -- I WILL CALL OUT FOUR IN  A ROW SO THEY CAN BE QUEUED.  SPEAKERS, I HATE TO SPEAK WHEN I  AM NOT SEEING YOU, SO I AM GOING  TO TURN MY HEAD.  I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT  EVERY BOARD MEMBER APPRECIATES  YOUR PRESENCE, AND WE WANT TO  HEAR YOUR VOICE, AND AS YOU CAN  SEE WE ARE GOING TO GIVE EACH OF  YOU TWO MINUTES.  THERE WILL BE A 30-SECOND  WARNING IN WHICH CASE I MIGHT  SAY FINAL THOUGHTS.  AND IF YOU CAN JUST GET INTO  THAT ROUTINE, IT SHOULD GO VERY  SMOOTHLY.  PLEASE BE REMINDED WE DON'T WANT  TO ATTACK ANY SPECIFIC BOARD  MEMBER, BUT DO SPEAK ON THE  ISSUE OR PLURAL, ISSUES, AND IN  THAT WAY YOU CAN GET YOUR  MESSAGE OUT THERE.  SO AGAIN, WE WANT TO -- WE ALL  APPRECIATE YOU ALL SPENDING TIME  WITH US AND SEEING OUR PROCESS,  MAYBE ONE DAY YOU WILL WANT TO  BE A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER.  WE'LL SEE.  BUT AT ANY RATE, WE ARE GOING TO  GO AHEAD AND BEGIN NOW -- OH,  CERTAINLY.    

>>Jim Porter: [OFF MICROPHONE.]  WE ENCOURAGE YOU NOT TO ENGAGE  WITH THE SPEAKER.  AGAIN, TYPICALLY, PEOPLE HAVE A  RIGHT TO SPEAK.  THEY ARE SPEAKING ABOUT A  PARTICULAR AGENDA ITEM.  IT'S MUCH BETTER TO NOT ENGAGE,  AND I WILL CAUTION YOU THAT WE  DO ANTICIPATE LITIGATION IN THIS  MATTER SO IT WILL BE BETTER NOT  TO ENGAGE WITH THE SPEAKER BUT  TO LISTEN TO THEM RESPECTFULLY  AND TAKE DOWN THEIR CONCERNS.    

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MR.  PORTER.  AND THE BOARD PRETTY MUCH KNOWS  THEY ARE NOT TO ENGAGE WITH THE  SPEAKERS SO WE SHOULD BE ALL IN  SYNC WITH THOSE BEST PRACTICES,  AND CERTAINLY THE LEGAL  OBLIGATION THAT WE ALL SHOULD  ADHERE TO, EVEN WITH OUR FACIAL  EXPRESSIONS, ET CETERA.  SO JUST BE MINDFUL, THIS IS A  DIFFERENT SETTING BUT IT'S STILL  PUBLIC COMMENT.  WE ARE GOING TO CALL UP MARGARET  HALLFECKER, TIMOTHY KIRKPATRICK,  CHRISTOPHER PUTNAM, ALLISON  FERNANDEZ.  AND THEY CAN ACTUALLY QUEUE UP  CLOSER, IF THEY LIKE.  SO, THANK YOU FOR BEING THE  COURAGEOUS ONE AND THE FIRST  ONE.  YOU WILL HEAR ME SPEAK WHEN IT  GETS TO BE 30 SECONDS, I WILL  SAY FINAL THOUGHTS.  THEN YOU SET THE TONE.  SO YOU WILL BE THE MENTOR OF  EVERYONE.  THANK YOU FOR COMING.    

>> THANK YOU.  MY NAME IS MARGARET HOPEFACKER.  RETIRED AIR FORCE.  WE MOVED TO FLORIDA FOR OUR  FOREVER HOME.  AND MY CHILDREN HAVE GONE TO  MANY DIFFERENT KINDS OF SCHOOLS,  MOVING ALL OVER.  THEY HAVE BEEN IN PRIVATE, IN  PUBLIC, AND DOD SCHOOLS.  MY OLDEST HAS AN ANXIETY  DISORDER, AND HE HAS PANIC  ATTACKS AND SHUTS DOWN IN LARGE  CROWDS.  BUT HE NEEDED TO FIND A HIGH  SCHOOL.  SO WE FOUND THE KCC HIGH SCHOOL.  AND HE NOT ONLY SURVIVED HIS  FIRST YEAR, HE THRIVED.  ALL OF THE TEACHERS KNEW HIM.  HE KNEW EVERYBODY.  HE JOINED CLUBS WHICH WERE  AMAZING.  THIS IS A KID THAT IS TERRIFIED  OF EVERYBODY.  AND BEING IN PUBLIC.  AND HE DID SO WELL.  HE DID SO WELL, BUT HE WENT AND  GOT A JOB.  HE'S NOT IN THE PUBLIC EYE.  HE'S IN THE BACK OF A KITCHEN.  BUT HE IS LEAVING HIS ROOM AND I  AM SO PROUD.  AND I AM NOT ANTI-PUBLIC.  MY TWO YOUNGEST WENT TO SESSUMS  LAST YEAR, AND MY MILD SON WILL  GO TO ROGERS SCHOOL NEXT YEAR.  HE DOES WELL IN CROWDS AND  ENJOYS OTHER PEOPLE.  BUT TRENT NEEDS A SMALL  ENVIRONMENT.  AND THEY TOOK SUCH GOOD CARE OF  HIM.  THEY WENT OVER HIS IEP, THEY  MADE SURE THAT HE HAD EVERYTHING  HE COULD NEED, AND HE THRIVED  AND IT WAS AMAZING.  THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY.  I NEED THAT SCHOOL.    

>>Lynn Gray: OKAY, THANK YOU.  NEXT WILL BE TIMOTHY  KIRKPATRICK, CHRISTOPHER PUTNAM,  ALLISON FERNANDEZ, FOLLOWED BY  BRANDY TACKET, AND CAM SERGEANT.    

>> GOOD MORNING, MADAM CHAIR.  GOOD MORNING, BOARD MEMBERS.  THANK YOU FOR THE TIME THIS  MORNING.  AS I LISTENED THIS MORNING EACH  BOARD MEMBER SUGGESTED THE  IMPORTANCE OF VPK EDUCATION IN  HILLSBOROUGH.  IS ALSO BEEN SUGGESTED THAT  MEMBERS OF THE BOARD SUPPORT  LOCALLY GOVERNED CHARTERS AND  VPK PROGRAMS.  RESPECTFULLY, THOUGH, IT'S HARD  FOR ME AND THE OTHER CHOICE  SCHOOLS IN ATTENDANCE TODAY AND  THE PARENTS WE SERVE, MANY WHO  ARE SITTING HERE, TO ACCEPT YOUR  SENTIMENTS AS BEING GENUINE,  GIVEN YOUR CURRENT DECISIONS TO  ERADICATE CHOICE OPTIONS.  OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS, I HAVE  SPOKEN WITH MANY OF YOU, AT  LEAST GET ON A ZOOM CALL WITH ME  AND HAVE A DISCUSSION.  I TRIED TO PROVIDE YOU THEN WITH  KCC'S STRONG HISTORY AND IMPACT  IN THIS COUNTY, FOR NEARLY 20  YEARS, WE HAVE SERVED YOU.  YOUR DECISIONS BLATANTLY,  BLATANTLY, IGNORED THOSE  CONTRIBUTIONS.  SO FOR THE RECORD, I WOULD LIKE  TO LET EVERYONE KNOW THE LEGACY  THAT YOU ALL WISH TO EXTINGUISH.  FROM 2007 TO 2011, WE, THE LOCAL  CONSTITUENTS, YOU HAVE VOWED TO  SERVE, STARTED THE COMMITTEE FOR  ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AND KIDS CAN  COMMUNITY COLLEGE.  WE, LOCAL COMMUNITY MEMBERS,  WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR BRINGING  MORE THAN FIVE AND A HALF  MILLION DOLLARS IN EARLY READING  FIRST FUNDING TO MORE THAN 20  LOW-INCOME BLACK AND HISPANIC  VPK CENTERS IN MEMBER  WASHINGTON'S --    

>>Lynn Gray: FINAL THOUGHTS.    

>> -- AND MRS. SNIVELY'S  COMMUNITIES.  THIS WAS A GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT  BY THE PEOPLE YOU VOWED TO SERVE  WHERE ALL LOCALS COME TO ANY  PUBLIX OR WINN-DIXIE YOU WILL  MEET AND THE MEMBERS OF THIS  BOARD.    

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU.  NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE CHRISTOPHER  PUTNAM, ALLISON FERNANDEZ,  BRANDY TACKET, FOLLOWED BY CAM  SERGEANT, THEN DENIVA.  SORRY IF I AM MISPRONOUNCING THE  NAMES.    

>> GOOD MORNING.  MY NAME IS CHRISTOPHER PUTNAM, I  AM A PARENT OF THREE DAUGHTERS  THAT HAVE COME THROUGH  HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, AND I HAVE  ACTUALLY EXPERIENCED ALL THE  DIFFERENT THINGS THAT  HILLSBOROUGH OFFERS.  I HAVE HAD CHILDREN GONE THROUGH  THE MAGNET SCHOOLS, CHARTER  SCHOOLS AND ALSO PRIVATE  SCHOOLS.  I THINK IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT  THE BOARD AND CERTAIN MEMBERS OF  THE BOARD HAVE CHOSE TONE MAKE  THIS A POLITICAL PROBLEM,  BLAMING CHARTER SCHOOLS INSTEAD  OF EMBRACING THE DIVERSITY AND  THE OPTIONS THAT SCHOOL CHOICE  PROVIDES.  CHARTER SCHOOLS HAVE NOT CAUSED  THE PROBLEMS THAT THIS BOARD HAS  WITH GOVERNING THEIR SCHOOLS.  FROM GOVERNING THE SCHOOLS AND  THE FINANCIAL ISSUES PREDATE  CHARTER SCHOOLS.  THERE WAS AN EXCELLENT ARTICLE  THIS MORNING IN THE "TAMPA BAY  TIMES" COMPARING MULTIPLE  DISTRICTS OF OUR SIZE HERE IN  FLORIDA, AND WE HAD TRIPLED THE  NUMBER OF LOW PERFORMING SCHOOLS  IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY THAN OUR  FELLOW DISTRICTS OF THE SAME  SIZE.  THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT CHARTER  SCHOOLS ARE CAUSING THE PROBLEMS  BECAUSE ALL OF THESE DISTRICTS  HAVE CHARTER SCHOOLS OPTIONS.  INSTEAD, IT GOES TO THE  GOVERNING OF THE SCHOOLS AND THE  PROBLEMS, AT LEAST IN MY TIME  THAT I HAVE BEEN A PUBLIC  SCHOOLTEACHER, WHICH IS NOW  ABOUT 12 YEARS WE ARE STARTING  IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY.  THAT GOES BACK TO OUR PRIOR  SUPERINTENDENT, A FEW  SUPERINTENDENTS AGAIN, THAT  CAUSED QUITE A LOT OF THESE  PROBLEMS WITH THE BUDGET.  BUT I ASK THAT THE BOARD DO THE  RIGHT THING AND SUPPORT SCHOOL  CHOICE AND NOT TAKE THESE OPTION  AS WAY FROM OUR KIDS.  AS ONE OF OUR PARENTS MENTIONED  EARLIER, I HAD THAT SAME  EXPERIENCE.  MY DAUGHTERS HAVE ALL THRIVED,  THEY HAVE ALL ACCELERATED, BUT  MY YOUNGEST NEEDED A SMALL  PUBLIC --    

>>Lynn Gray: FINAL THOUGHTS.    

>> MY DAUGHTER NEEDED A SMALL  PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL.  SHE WAS NOT DOING WELL AT THE  SCHOOL AND WE MOVED HER TO KCC  AND SHE HAS THRIVED AND DONE  VERY WELL.  I ASK THAT YOU PLEASE MAKE IN MY  OPINION THE RIGHT CHOICE AND  SUPPORT THESE CHARTER SCHOOLS  AND VOTE TO RENEW.  THANK YOU.    

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU.  NEXT WILL BE ALLISON FERNANDEZ,  BRANDY TACKET, CAM SERGEANT,  FOLLOWED BY DEN IV.    

>> ALLISON FERNANDEZ.  I HAVE SEVERAL POINTS TO MAKE.  THE FIRST IS PLEASE STOP USING  THE PERCENTAGE OF FUNDING.  IT'S A MEANINGLESS MEASUREMENT.  YOU COULD FUND EVERY SINGLE  STUDENT AT A MILLION DOLLARS PER  STUDENT IN EVERY STATE EXCEPT  FLORIDA.  FLORIDA COULD FUND AT 999,000.  FLORIDA WOULD BE RANKED 50th  IN THE NATION.  SO IT'S NOT A GOOD COMPARISON.  PLEASE, THE TRUE COST OF WHAT IT  TAKES TO EDUCATE A STUDENT,  ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH  SCHOOL.  USE THAT TRUE COST TO LOBBY THE  STATE, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE  ACCEPTABLE AND ADD QUALITY  FUNDING AT EACH LEVEL.  BECAUSE I AM AN ACCOUNTANT, SO  THE PERCENTAGE COMPARISON  DOESN'T WORK FOR ME.  SECOND, CHARTERS, AND MY  CHILDREN ARE TRADITIONAL PUBLIC  SCHOOL.  WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY KIND OF  CHARTER OR MAGNET.  CHARTERS REALLY ARE THE CLOSEST  STAKEHOLDER AND A USER CAN GET  TO GOVERNING THEIR PRODUCT, AND  IF A PARENT WANTS TO EDUCATE  THEIR CHILD, IN A PARTICULAR  WAY, THAT PARENT SHOULD BE IN  CHARGE OF THAT, AND THEY OUGHT  TO BE THE ONES TO HELP DIRECT  THEIR TAX DOLLARS.  THEIR PAYING TAX DOLLARS.  THERE ARE A NUMBER OF WAYS THAT  THIS DISTRICT COULD INCORPORATE  CHARTER SCHOOLS AS PARTNERS.  SO I AM ASKING YOU, PLEASE STOP  LOOKING AT THEM AS COMPETITORS  OR ADVERSARIAL AND PLEASE START  LOOKING AT WAYS TO PARTNER.  THEY ARE NOT GOING AWAY.  THEY ARE GOING TO BE HERE.  PARENTS ARE ALWAYS GOING TO  DEMAND CHOICE.  AND FOR US, THE VERY LARGE  PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL IS AWESOME,  BUT IT ISN'T FOR EVERYONE.  AND I THINK THAT LOOKING AT THE  BUDGET NUMBERS, I AGREE WITH  PREVIOUS SPEAKERS, THE PROBLEMS  THAT THIS DISTRICT HAS HAD --    

>>Lynn Gray: FINAL THOUGHTS.    

>> -- FUNDING AND SPENDING ARE  NOT THE FAULT OF THE CHARTER.  THERE ARE MANY OTHER THINGS THAT  CAN BE DONE IN THE CREATION OF  THE BUDGET PROCESS AND DECIDING  WHERE MONEY GETS SPENT THAT WE  CAN LOOK AT TO MAKE THIS A  BETTER FINANCIAL PROCESS.  THANK YOU.    

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU.  NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE BRANDY  TACKET FOLLOWED BY CAM SERGEANT,  DONEVA, AND SPARKLE FLORES.    

>> GOOD MORNING.  I'M BRANDY TACKET AND I'M AN  INSTRUCTOR AT KIDS COMMUNITY  COLLEGE SOUTHEAST.  I SERVED THE PUBLIC SECTOR FOR  OVER 16 YEARS SO I KNOW FOLKS ON  BOTH SIDES OF THE DEBATE.  WHAT I EXPERIENCED WAS MANY  TRANSITIONS OF THE REVOLVING  DOOR ABOUT LEADERSHIP.  I MADE COUNTLESS PROMISES THAT  OUR EXPECTATIONS WITH THE  DISTRICT WOULD NOT CHANGE AND  THEY SHOULD BE COMFORTABLE WITH  ANYTHING COMING TO THE SURFACE.  WITH THE REVOLVING DOOR BEST  PRACTICES WERE EVER CHANGING  WHICH AS WE ALL KNOW IS NOT GOOD  FOR KIDS.  FAST FORWARD THREE YEARS.  MOVING TO THE CHARTER SECTOR WAS  THE BEST DECISION OF MY CAREER.  OUR CAMPUSES INCLUDE TREMENDOUS  DIVERSITY.  TWO OF OUR CAMPUSES RANK NUMBER  ONE IN DIVERSITY IN TAMPA,  HILLSBOROUGH AND IN FLORIDA.  DIVERSITY IS DEFINED NOT ONLY BY  RACE, ELL STATUS BUT ALSO BY  SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS.  THE BOARD WOULD LIKE PEOPLE TO  BELIEVE THAT CHARTER IS -- FOR  OUR STUDENT.  HOW COULD OUR DIVERSITY RANK BE  ABOVE ANY IN YOUR COUNTY?  HAPPY TO MAKE THIS DATA  AVAILABLE FOR YOU.  WE ARE THE ONLY PUBLIC IB  OFFERING IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY.  CHOICE IS THE LAW.  LEGISLATION IS NOT FOR  INTERPRETATION.  AND CHILDREN ARE PRIME.  WE SHOULD NOT BE IN QUESTION  CITIES.  SCHOOLS SUGGEST WHAT IS RIGHT BY  CHILDREN.  FAMILIES HAVE THE RIGHT TO  CHOOSE WHAT'S BEST FOR THEIR  CHILD.  YOU ARE NOT ALL KNOWING.  YOU DON'T GET TO MAKE LIFE  DECISIONS.  FAMILIES CAN DIFFERENTIATE FOR  EVERY LEARNER WHICH IS NOT  REALLY AN EXAMPLE WE ARE  CURRENTLY SETTING.  FIX YOUR INTERNAL PROBLEMS.  YOU DON'T GET TO CLOSE DOWN  SUCCESSFUL CHARTERS AND FORCE  FAMILIES INTO A DECISION TO  OFFSET YOUR POOR DECISION  MAKING.  AND I WANT TO ADDRESS NUMBER 2  TO THE SAME SAFEGUARDS AND HYPE  STANDARDS OF ACCOUNTABILITY.  THIS IS A PUBLIC MISCONCEPTION  THAT I BELIEVE IS REINFORCED BY  OUR SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS.  THERE ARE STRINGENT CHECKS AND  BALANCES WITH OVER 40 MEASURES  ROUTINELY SCRUTINIZED.  WE HAVE SCHOOL AUDITS MONITORED  BY YOUR STAFF.    

>>Lynn Gray: YOUR TIME IS UP.  THANK YOU.    

>> AND MORE ACCOUNTABILITY.    

>>Lynn Gray: CAM SERGEANT, YOU  ARE NEXT, FOLLOWED BY BEING  DONEVA, GILBERT SOVITO, AND  KENDRA MCDONALD.    

>> GOOD MORNING.  THANK YOU.  MY NAME IS CAM SERGEANT.  I'M A 15-YEAR-OLD.  I GO TO SUMNER HIGH SCHOOL,  WHICH IS A NEWLY BUILT HIGH  SCHOOL.  IT'S HIGH TECH.  BUT I DID GO TO LLC ACADEMY.  THEY WERE A MIDDLE SCHOOL AND  ALSO A CHARTER.  I WENT THERE MOST OF MY DICKS  EDUCATIONAL LIFE.  THERE I WAS TAUGHT LEADERSHIP,  LITERACY, AND HOW TO USE  TECHNOLOGY TO MY ADVANTAGE.  I HAVE BEEN BROUGHT UP BY  EXCELLENT TEACHERS WHO SHOWED ME  MY STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES AND  HOW TO USE BOTH TO MY ADVANTAGE.  I HAVE BEEN ALLOWED CONTINUOUS  OPPORTUNITIES TO FURTHER DEVELOP  MY KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE.  OVERALL, MY TIME HAS BEEN PROVEN  WELL BETTER THAN I COULD EVER  HAVE IMAGINED.  I SPEAK TODAY TO BRING GOOD  LIGHT TO CHARTER SCHOOLS.  I CAN'T CONFIDENT SAY WITHOUT  THEM I WOULD BE SERIOUSLY IN  FRONT OF YOU AND NOT SCARED.  I THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.  I HOPE THAT YOU RECONSIDER YOUR  DECISION TO CLOSE DOWN SELECT  CHARTER SCHOOLS.  BUT THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME  SPEAK.  [ APPLAUSE ]    

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU.  AND THE AUDIENCE THANKS YOU AS  WELL.  DONIVA, CAN YOU TELL ME THE  CORRECT PRONUNCIATION OF YOUR  TIME?    

>> MY NAME IS DONIVA FASSON, AND  I AM THE CAMPUS DIRECTOR AT KCC  HIGH SCHOOL. I AM JUST HERE TO  SUPPORT CHOICE.  MY FAMILY WAS A MILITARY FAMILY.  I WATCHED HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY  SCHOOLS FOR TWO YEARS BEFORE I  MOVED HERE.  I WATCHED YOUR UPS, I WATCHED  YOUR DOWNS, AND I CHOSE TO MOVE  HERE.  I SELECTED WHERE I LIVE  PURPOSELY, AND WHAT I WOULD LIKE  FOR YOU IS TO SUPPORT CHOICE.  THAT'S IT.  WE OFFER DIVERSITY, NOT JUST FOR  THE OBVIOUS REASONS BUT THINGS  LIKE DISABILITIES LIKE MINE.  I HAVE HEARING LOSS.  SITTING IN THE BACK OF THE ROOM,  I CAN'T HEAR WHAT YOU ARE SAYING  WHEN YOUR BACKS ARE TO ME.  I DON'T SEE TRANSLATORS HERE.  I DON'T SEE HE PREFERRED  SEATING.  BUT THAT'S OKAY.  WE'LL GET THERE.  AT KCC SCHOOL WE OFFER THAT.  YOU WILL SEE SIGN LANGUAGE IN  THE HALLS AND IN THE BUILDINGS,  AND I AM LEARNING BECAUSE THIS  IS A NEW EXPERIENCE FOR ME.  SO WHEN WE TALK ABOUT DIVERSITY,  WE ARE NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT  SEX AND RACE, WE ARE TALKING  ABOUT LEARNING STYLES, ANXIETY,  TRAUMA.  THAT'S WHAT WE WANT.  WE JUST WANT TO OFFER CHOICE.  I HAVE FIVE STUDENTS WHO ARE  GOING TO CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS.  PUBLIC SCHOOL, TRADITIONAL  PUBLIC SCHOOLS, EXCUSE ME, AND I  EVEN CONSIDERED HOME SCHOOLING  THEM BECAUSE I WANTS THEM TO  HAVE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE THEY  CAN GROW.  I HAVE STUDENTS AT KCC HIGH  SCHOOL AND THEY WILL STAY THERE,  AS TRADITIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS  ARE TAUGHT AT ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL  HERE.  SO I WOULD LIKE FOR THEM TO HAVE  THE SAME CHOICES THAT I HAVE.  SO IT'S NOT ABOUT RIGHT AND  WRONG.  IT'S JUST ABOUT ALLOWING THE  OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO LEARN  IN AN ENVIRONMENT THAT'S BEST  FOR THEM.  THANK YOU.    

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU.  NEXT WE'LL HEAR FROM SPARKLE  FLORES AND GILBERT SAVITO,  KENDRA MCDONALD, TOMIKA  BLACKMAN.    

>> GOOD MORNING.  MY NAME IS SPARKLES FLORES AND I  MOVED HERE FROM LOUISIANA.  AND I DECIDED TO TAKE A JOB WITH  MY CHARTER AND I AM ALSO A  PARENT AS WELL.  MY SON IS AT THE SCHOOL.  I BELIEVE IN CHARTERS BECAUSE  LEAVING NEW ORLEANS I WAS  WORKING AT A CHARTER.  THEY ARE VERY PERSONAL.  WE KNOW OUR STUDENTS ONE ON ONE.  WE SERVICE OUR KIDS BY NAME SO  WE KNOW THE FAMILIES AS WELL.  WHAT I FOUND AS LONG AS I HAVE  BEEN THERE, IT'S VERY PERSONAL.  WE HAVE KIDS THAT COME FROM  RIVERVIEW, WE HAVE KIDS THAT  TRAVEL 45 MINUTES TO COME TO OUR  SCHOOL BUT THAT'S PARENT CHOICE.  THE PARENTS CHOOSE TO COME  THERE.  AND THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ALL  ABOUT, IN EDUCATION.  WE DON'T WANT OUR KIDS TO BE  STIFLED IN A SITUATION THAT MAY  NOT BE BEST FOR THEM FOR A PLACE  FOR THEM TO GROW, AND TO LEARN,  AND YOU WANT YOUR KIDS IN AN  ENVIRONMENT WHERE THEY ARE GOING  TO FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH THE  TEACHERS, KNOWING THEIR NAMES,  NOT JUST A NUMBER IN THEIR  CLASSROOMS.  THE TEACHERS ACTUALLY KNOW THE  DISABILITIES OF THE STUDENTS AND  WE SERVICE OUR KIDS THERE AS  WELL, OUR ELL AND ESE KIDS.  SO I DO BEG YOU ALL DO NOT CLOSE  MINE.  IT IS A COMMUNITY SCHOOL.  IT'S ACTUALLY SEVEN MINUTES AWAY  FROM MY HOME SO BASICALLY IT'S  IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD.  SO THANK YOU.    

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU.  NEXT, GILBERT.  AND THEN KENDRA.  KAMIKA.  THEN TROY.    

>> MY NAME IS GILBERT. MY WIFE  BACK THERE, GLORIA.  MY CHILDREN BENEFITED FROM  CHOICE.  MY DAUGHTER WHO IS A HIGH  ACADEMIC ACHIEVER WENT TO MAGNET  SCHOOL, TO AN IB HIGH SCHOOL AND  SUBSEQUENTLY GRADUATED FROM USF  IN THREE YEARS WITH A BACHELOR'S  DEGREE.  NOW YOU HAVE MY SON WHO IS  AUTISTIC AND HAS A PERVASIVE  DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDER.  HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR CHOICE WE  WOULDN'T HAVE FOUND THE  LIVINGSTONE ACADEMY WHERE MY  CHILD, HE'S JUST THRIVING.  I MEAN, HE HAS THE POTENTIAL.  WHAT MY SON MAY NOT BE A ROCKET  SCIENTIST, BUT BE VERY CLEAR  BECAUSE OF CHOICE HE WILL BE A  CONTRIBUTING COMMUNITY MEMBER.  THANK YOU.    

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU.  [ APPLAUSE ]  KENDRA MCDONALD AND TONIKA  BLACKMAN.  AND LET'S SEE, YOU DON'T WANT  HER TO GROW UP FAUX R TOO FAST.  SO LET HER BE MEDIAN SIZE.    

>> GOOD MORNING.    

>> I AM KENDRA MCDONALD.  AND I REALLY LIKE MY SCHOOL  BECAUSE THEY ME LEARN AND  ESPECIALLY MY TEACHERS ALWAYS  HELP ME DO WHAT I NEED TO DO FOR  MY HOMEWORK, AND IF I FORGET MY  HOMEWORK THEY LET ME DO IT THE  NEXT NIGHT.  AND THEY ARE JUST REALLY KIND.  THANK YOU.    

>>Lynn Gray: BLESS YOUR HEART.  THANK YOU.  [ APPLAUSE ]    

>>Lynn Gray: TONIKA?    

>> THAT IS THE CORRECT  PRONUNCIATION.  THANK YOU.  GOOD MORNING.  CHAIRPERSON GRAY, BOARD MEMBER  SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, THANK YOU,  MELISSA, FOR ADVOCATING FOR US  TODAY TO SPEAK HERE TODAY.  AS A PARENT, I ADAMANTLY BELIEVE  THAT HAVING GIVEN BIRTH TO MY  CHILDREN AND KNOWING THEM THEIR  ENTIRE LIVES, I KNOW WHAT'S BEST  FOR THEM.  KNOWING WHAT'S BEST FOR THEM IS  ALL INCLUSIVE.  WITH THEIR EDUCATION BEING ONE  OF THE ESSENTIAL PRIORITIES.  EDUCATIONALLY, I HAVE A CHOICE.  AND MY HUSBAND AND I MADE A  CHOICE NINE ALMOST TEN YEARS AGO  THAT COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOLS  WAS BEST FOR OUR CHILDREN.  IT HAS PROVIDED THEM NOT ONLY A  TOP NOTCH EDUCATION, BUT ASSISTS  IN MAKING THEM WELL-ROUNDED  HUMAN BEINGS BY CREATING A  CULTURE OF FAMILY, COMMUNITY,  AND THAT IN MY OPINION IS  UNPARALLELED.  THEREFORE, IT IS VERY  DISHEARTENING TO WATCH A SCHOOL  BOARD MEETING WHERE BOARD  MEMBERS SUGGEST THAT I AS A  PARENT DON'T KNOW WHAT'S BEST  FOR MY CHILDREN.  CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE A CHOICE.  A CHOICE THAT IS SUPPORTED BY  LAW.  SCHOOL CHOICE MATTERS IN MY  DECISION AND RIGHT TO SCHOOL  CHOICE SHOULD NOT BE IMPEDED BY  INDIVIDUALS MAKING WRONG  MISINFORMED SUGGESTIONS ABOUT MY  CHILDREN'S EDUCATION.  WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, MY  CHILDREN'S EDUCATION IS NOT YOUR  CHOICE.  IT'S MINE.  BEING PRO CHARTER DOESN'T MEAN  THAT I AM ANTI-PUBLIC.  I HAVE A DAUGHTER IN PUBLIC  SCHOOL RIGHT NOW.  BUT IT DOES MEAN THAT I HAVE  CHOICES.  THANK YOU.    

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU.  [ APPLAUSE ]  AND OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE  TROY AND CHRISTINE BURDETTE WILL  FOLLOW, BERNADETTE, AND THEN  WINGATE.  GOOD MORNING, TROY.    

>> HELLO.  MY NAME IS TROY HOLFACKER, AND I  FEEL THAT THESE -- THAT THEY ARE  DECIDING TO CLOSE SOME OF THESE  SCHOOLS FOR SOME REASON IS VERY  UNFAIR TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN  LEARNING AT THOSE SCHOOLS FOR A  VERY LONG TIME AND HAVE BEEN  ENJOYING IT.    

>>Lynn Gray: VERY NICELY DONE.  AND YOU ARE VERY BRAVE.  THANK YOU.  [ APPLAUSE ]  CHRISTINE BURDETTE.  AND GOOD MORNING.    

>> GOOD MORNING.  I AM CHRISTINE, ASSISTANT  DIRECTOR AT KCY AND A MOTHER OF  FOUR.  TWO OF MY KIDS ARE HERE WITH ME  TODAY.  THE OTHER TWO ARE TOO SMALL TO  BRING.  AND WHAT I HAVE LEARNED IN  EDUCATING MY KIDS AS A HOME  SCHOOLING MOTHER FOR A COUPLE OF  YEARS AND ALSO THE PUBLIC  EDUCATOR WITH HILLSBOROUGH  COUNTY, IS THAT EVERY CHILD IS  DIFFERENT.  AND OUT KNOW THAT.  EVERY CHILD HAS A DIFFERENT  ROAD, A DIFFERENT AVENUE, A  DIFFERENT PLACE THAT THEY ARE  GOING TO BE WHEN THEY GET OLDER.  AND COMING TO THE SCHOOL BOARD  MEETING TODAY, I JUST WANT TO  SAY THAT LET THESE PEOPLE GO A  CHOICE.  I UNDERSTAND THERE IS A  POLITICAL THING GOING ON.  I GET IT.  MONEY COMES INTO PLAY.  BUT WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO IT,  THE KIDS THAT WE HAVE, THE KIDS  THAT WE ALL SERVE, ARE THE KIDS  THAT ARE GOING TO SERVE OUR  FUTURE.  SO WHETHER IT'S PUBLIC SCHOOL,  HOME SCHOOL, CHARTER SCHOOL,  GIVE THEM THOSE OPTIONS, PLEASE.  THANK YOU.    

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU.  [ APPLAUSE ]  NEXT WILL BE BERNADETTE.  FOLLOWED BY CORRINE.  RACHEL CARTER.  THEN KRISTIN LIZA.  I TOOK A CHANCE ON THAT ONE.  BERNADETTE PALO.  IT TAKES ALL TYPES OF SCHOOLS TO  EDUCATE ALL OF OUR STUDENTS.  MY SON IN PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR  ELEMENTARY, LLT ACADEMY FOR  MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND RIVERVIEW  HIGH SCHOOL FOR PUBLIC HIGH  SCHOOL.  HE WAS ALSO ACCEPTED INTO A  MAGNET PROGRAM BUT DECLINED  BECAUSE IT WAS OUR CHOICE.  I BELIEVE THAT ALL CHILDREN CAN  LEARN IN THE RIGHT ENVIRONMENT,  AND THAT IS NOT THE SAME FOR ALL  OF OUR CHILDREN OR EVEN AT  CERTAIN TIMES IN THEIR  DEVELOPMENT.  FLORIDA IS ALREADY TOO LOW ON  PER-PUPIL SPENDING.  WE KNOW THAT.  LET'S NOT TAKE AWAY ONE OF THE  BENEFITS THAT WE HAVE AND THAT  IS SCHOOL CHOICE.  LET PARENTS MAKE THEIR CHOICE.  MAKE THEIR CHOICES FOR SMALLER  ENVIRONMENTS.  MAKE THEIR CHOICES FOR SCHOOL  THAT OFFER BEST PROGRAMS FOR  SPECIFIC CHILDREN.  ALL OF OUR CHILDREN ARE  DIFFERENT, AND WE NEED TO KEEP  THESE OPTIONS AVAILABLE.  THANK YOU.  [ APPLAUSE ]    

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU.  NEXT, CORRINE WINGATE, RACHEL  CARTER.    

>> I'M RACHEL CARTER.  I THINK CORRINE HAD TO LEAVE.  THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME TALK.  I CAME TODAY REALLY JUST TO  PROVIDE LIKE A PERSONAL  PERSPECTIVE ON THE DECISIONS  THAT YOU GUYS ARE MAKING, AND  I'M A NURSE AT TAMPA GENERAL  HOSPITAL.  MY LATE HUSBAND WAS A COMBAT IN  THE ARMY AND FIREFIGHTER AND  PASSED AWAY LAST YEAR.  I'M 37 YEARS OLD.  I'M A MOM OF TWO.  MY MOM ENJOYED SITTING OVER  THERE ALONG WITH HER BEST FRIEND  ADD YOU SON, AT SOUTH SHORE  CHARTER ACADEMY IN RIVERVIEW,  AND WE HAVE CONNECTED AS  FAMILIES, AS A COMMUNITY.  I CAN TELL YOU THINGS ARE PRETTY  ROUTINE AND STANDARD UP UNTIL MY  HUSBAND DID MASS AWAY AND  PROBABLY WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO  ADAPT TO A DIFFERENT SCHOOL AND  A DIFFERENT SITUATION, IF THESE  TYPES OF DECISIONS WERE MADE,  BUT SOMETHING THAT REALLY ROSE  AND SHOWED ME A LOT WAS THAT THE  TEACHERS KNOW WHO WE ARE.  THEY KNOW US.  THE DEAN KNOWS THAT MY SON IS  MISBEHAVING.  I IN KINDERGARTEN.  HE'S MY WILD CHILD.  THEY CALL ME.  WE HAVE A GREAT RELATIONSHIP  WITH THEM.  MISS WINGATE WHO WAS GOING TO  SPEAK BEFORE ME IS THE SCHOOL  NURSE.  SHE WOULD WORK WITH MY DAUGHTER.  THEY BRING THEM DOWN TO COLOR.  THEY HAVE GREAT SCHOOLS.  IT'S A WONDERFUL CURRICULUM.  WE ARE A COMMUNITY.  WE ARE A FAMILY.  SO MY POINT, MY MAIN CONCERN, I  CAN SEE HOW THESE DECISIONS ARE  BEING MADE FOR BUDGETING.  I SUPPORT PUBLIC SCHOOLS.  I CAN SEE HOW LONG-TERM IT MIGHT  BE A BETTER STRUCTURE.  BUT TO DISRUPT THIS MANY  FAMILIES, WE HAVE A FULL  ENROLLMENT, WE HAVE A WAITING  LIST.  THIS IS IT.  WE MAKE DECISIONS FOR THE FUTURE  FOR A BETTER STRUCTURE RATHER  THAN DISRUPTING WHAT'S ALREADY  BEEN CREATED, A BRAND NEW  SCHOOL.    

>>Lynn Gray: FINAL THOUGHTS.    

>> AND I DID WANT TO SAY THAT  THE REASON AND HOW I DID FIND  SOUTH SHORE CHARTER ACADEMY AND  THE REASON I CHOSE CHARTER OVER  PUBLIC, I LIVE IN WIMAUMA,  FLORIDA.  WHEN IT WAS TIME FOR MY DAUGHTER  TO GO TO SCHOOL IN 2010 R 10 OUR  SCHOOL WAS SPANISH SPEAKING WAS  THE PRIMARY LANGUAGE AND THAT'S  WHY I CHOSE IT AND IT TURNED  INTO A WONDERFUL THING.  PLEASE DO NOT WANTS TO BE  DISRUPTED.    

>>Lynn Gray: TIME IS UP.  THANK YOU.  [ APPLAUSE ]  RACHEL CARTER.  LIZI.  JODI ALLEN.  SARAH CAPWELL.  NATALIE KING.    

>> GOOD MORNING.  I'M KRISTIN LISI.  THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME TODAY  AND HEARING MY THOUGHTS.  AS AN EDUCATOR, I HAVE BEEN AN  EDUCATOR FOR 20 YEARS, AND I AM  A CERTIFIED TEACHER, I'M A  CERTIFIED GUIDANCE COUNSELOR,  I'M AN ADMINISTRATOR OF A  SCHOOL.  I UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE AND  THE VALUE OF OUR EDUCATIONAL  SYSTEM.  I UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF  FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY.  I UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF  RIGOR AND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR OUR  SCHOOLS.  I DON'T TAKE ANYTHING AWAY FROM  THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS.  SPEAKING FROM A PARENT'S  PERSPECTIVE, I HAVE RAISED TWO  CHILDREN THAT HAVE GONE THROUGH  PRESCHOOL, ELEMENTARY SCHOOL,  MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND HIGH SCHOOL  HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY.  AND FOR MY TWO CHILDREN WHO ARE  VERY, VERY DIFFERENT, THEY HAVE  ATTENDED PUBLIC SCHOOLS, THEN  THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD PUBLIC  SCHOOL, THEY HAVE ATTENDED  PRIVATE SCHOOLS, CHARTER  SCHOOLS, IB, COLLEGIATE ACADEMY,  YOU NAME IT, THEY HAVE BEEN TO  ALL OF THEM.  AND THEY HAVE SUCCEEDED AND THEY  HAVE DONE WELL.  MY DAUGHTER IS GOING INTO HER  SENIOR YEAR WITH A 5.28 G.P.A.  I DON'T THINK THE CHARTER  SCHOOLS HAVE FAILED HER.  I DON'T THINK THE PRIVATE  SCHOOLS HAVE FAILED HER.  I DON'T THINK THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS  HAVE FAILED HER.  SHE'S DOING VERY WELL.  MY POINT HERE IS THAT EVEN AS AN  EDUCATOR, IT'S NOT MY JOB TO  CHOOSE HOW ALL OF THESE PEOPLE'S  CHILDREN GET EDUCATED.  THAT'S NOT MY CHOICE TO DECIDE  WHERE THEIR CHILDREN ATTEND  SCHOOL.  MY JOB IS TO DO MY BEST FOR MY  CHILDREN AND TO HAVE THAT  CHOICE, AND MY JOB IS TO DO MY  BEST TO EDUCATE THE CHILDREN  THAT COME TO MY SCHOOL.    

>>Lynn Gray: FINAL THOUGHTS.    

>> SO I JUST IMPLORE YOU TO GIVE  THE PARENTS THAT CHOICE.  IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO HAVE  THAT.    

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU.  NEXT, DRURY, ANOTHER PHENOMENAL  WINNER, TOO.  I THINK WE ARE DOING A 5-K SOON.    

>> THANK YOU FOR THAT.  I DIDN'T PLAN ON SPEAKING TODAY  AND I AM A TEACHER AT SOUTH  SHORE.  I JUST CAME HERE TO GIVE SUPPORT  TO THE SCHOOL THAT I CURRENTLY  WORK FOR, AND I LOVE WORKING  THERE.  I ALSO LIVE IN THE COMMUNITY.  I JUST THOUGHT THE BOARD NEEDED  TO KNOW THAT SOME OF US TEACHERS  ARE LIVING IN COMMUNITIES, WE  ARE VERY FAMILIAR WITH WHAT'S  HAPPENING, HOW THINGS ARE  DETERMINED, POLITICALLY, AND WHY  CERTAIN THINGS HAPPEN.  BUT IF YOU TAKE A LOOK AND LOOK  DEEPER AT WHAT'S HAPPENING  INSIDE OF THESE SCHOOLS, YOU  WILL UNDERSTAND THAT CHOICE THAT  PARENTS ARE AFFORDED MAKES A  WORLD OF DIFFERENCE WITH US.  WE HAVE PARENTS THAT TALK TO US  WITH REGULARITY, WE ARE VERY  CONFUSED ON CONTACTING THEM AND  SOME PEOPLE SAY IT IS A  BUSINESS.  IT IS A BUSINESS.  AND OUR BUSINESS ARE OUR PARENTS  AND OUR STUDENTS.  AND THAT'S WHO WE IN GENERAL  WORK TOWARDS PROVIDING SUPPORT  TO.  NOW, I COULD SAY THAT AS A  FORMER MILITARY MEMBER, THE  REASON WHY I AM ACTUALLY HERE IN  FLORIDA IS BECAUSE THE OPTIONS  THAT WERE AVAILABLE -- THAT WERE  NOT AVAILABLE TO MY DAUGHTER,  DIDN'T HAVE THE STATION THAT WE  WERE SUPPOSED TO GO TO, SO WE  ENDED UP HERE BECAUSE MY  DAUGHTER HAD A SPEECH IMPEDIMENT  THAT SHE'S OVERCOME.  AND I APPRECIATE THE EFFORT THAT  YOU GUYS HAVE PUT INTO MAKING  THAT DECISION.  I KNOW IT WAS TOUGH.  I READ.  I SAW SOME OF THE THINGS YOU  WENT THROUGH.  I SAW SOME OF THE THINGS THAT  WERE MENTIONED ABOUT SOME LAPSES  IN AREAS AND THINGS OF THAT  NATURE.  JUST KNOW THAT THESE THINGS, AS  LONG AS WE ARE AWARE OF THEM, WE  CONTINUE TO WORK ON THEM AND  REMAIN ACCOUNTABLE TO THAT.  THE LAST THING I WOULD LIKE TO  MENTION IS JUST SITTING HERE AT  YOUR WORKSHOP, I UNDERSTAND THE  DECORUM THAT YOU GUYS BROUGHT TO  THE ENTIRE PROCESS.  YOU MENTIONED TAKING TURNS AND  SECONDS --    

>>Lynn Gray: FINAL THOUGHTS.    

>> SO THE RESPECT YOU GUYS GAVE  EACH OTHER, I JUST HOPE YOU  UNDERSTAND WHAT OUR PARENTS ARE  GOING THROUGH AND UPPER THESE  FULL SWEEP DECISIONS THAT YOU  ARE MAKING IMPACT GRAVELY.  AND THANK YOU.    

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU.  NEXT WE'LL HAVE SARAH CAPWELL  AND THEN NATALIE KING.    

>>> GOOD MORNING.  MY NAME IS SARAH CAPWELL AND I'M  A DIRECTOR FOR OUR CACS SCHOOLS  IN HILLSBOROUGH, PASCO COUNTY  AND MANATEE COUNTY.  I AM ALSO A CONSTITUENT OF  HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, A RESIDENT  OF THE EVER-GROWING SOUTH COUNTY  AREA, A PROUD PARENT OF TWO  FORMER CHARTER SCHOOL STUDENTS  WHO ARE NOW IN COLLEGE.  THEY ARE YOUNG MEN OF HISPANIC  DESCENT AND THEY MADE THAT  CHOICE.  I AM ALSO AN ADMINISTRATOR IN  THE TAMPA AREA FOR ALMOST 20  YEARS.  AND ASKING THIS BOARD TO  CAREFULLY RECONSIDER THEIR  DECISION, AND TO THINK ABOUT  THESE THREE THINGS.  FIRST, PARENTS ARE THE BEST TO  DECIDE WHERE THEIR CHILDREN GO.  I KNOW.  TWO, WHEN YOU DONE  HIGH-ACHIEVING SCHOOLS, THEN YOU  ARE DENYING EQUAL ACCESS TO  EDUCATION.  AND THREE, THE IMPACTS ARE  GREATEST AND ARE FELT THE MOST  IN OUR FAMILIES AND IN THE  COMMUNITIES OF OUR MOST  VULNERABLE, OUR UNDERREPRESENTED  POPULATION, OUR STUDENTS WHO  FACE FINANCIAL CHALLENGES, ARE  MINORITY STUDENTS.  OUR STUDENTS DESERVE TO HAVE  THIS CHOICE AND TO NOT HAVE IT  TAKEN FROM US.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.  THANK YOU ESPECIALLY MRS.  SNIVELY FOR YOUR CONSISTENT  SUPPORT OF PARENT CHOICE.  [ APPLAUSE ]    

>>Lynn Gray: AND THANK YOU.  AND LAST, NATALIE KING.    

>> NATALIE KING WITH RSA  CONSULTING, CHAIRWOMAN,  SUPERINTENDENT, BOARD MEMBERS,  THANK YOU FOR THE TIME.  I HAVE BEEN DOING EDUCATIONAL  POLICY FOR A LONG TIME AND THIS  IS MY FIRST TIME EVER SPEAKING  BEFORE THE BOARD SO IT TAKES A  PRETTY SIGNIFICANT SITUATION TO  BRING ME FORWARD.  I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW FOR  TRANSPARENCY I DO REPRESENT KCC.  I AM NOT HERE TO SPEAK FOR THEM.  I ALSO HAVE THE PLEASURE WITH  RSA CONSULTING REPRESENTING MANY  CHARTER SCHOOLS, INDEPENDENT,  NOT FOR PROFIT CHARTER SCHOOLS  INCLUDING RCMA, LLT, LUTZ AND SO  ON.  BUT I AM HERE TO SPEAK TO YOU  FROM CHARTER SCHOOLS LEADERS.  CSL IS A GROUP OF 22 PARTNER  CHARTERS ALL INDEPENDENT NOT FOR  PROFIT PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS  OPERATING HERE IN THE COMMUNITY.  AND THEY HAD PRODUCED A LETTER  AND SHARED THAT WITH EVERYONE ON  JUNE 23rd THAT I WOULD LIKE  TO READ.  I ADOPT NORMALLY READ AT THE  PODIUM BUT THAT'S WHAT YOU ARE  GOING TO GET FROM ME TODAY AND I  APOLOGIZE.  THE ACTIONS OF THE HILLSBOROUGH  COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD LAST WEEK TO  DENY RENEWAL OF FOUR CHARTER  SCHOOLS IN OUR COMMUNITY AGAINST  THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE  DISTRICT, PROFESSIONAL STAFF AND  IN CONFLICT WITH STATE LAW WAS  EGREGIOUS.  THEIR ACTIONS CLEARLY SHOWED  WILLFUL DISREGARD FOR THE LAW,  BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY FOR THE  RIGHTS OF PARENTS TO CHOOSE THE  BEST EDUCATIONAL OPTION FOR  THEIR STUDENTS.  THE CHARTER SCHOOL LEADERS OF  HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY CSL MAKE UP  22 INDEPENDENT NOT FOR PROFIT  CHARTERS, AND DEMAND THAT THE  DISTRICT RECONSIDER THEIR  ACTIONS AND APPROVE THESE  RENEWALS PER STATE LAW.  THIS IS ESPECIALLY DISTRESSING  DURING A TIME WHEN OUR FAMILIES  AND STUDENTS ARE STRUGGLING FROM  THE IMPACTS OF THE PANDEMIC AND  THE CLOSURES OF OUR SCHOOLS.  NOT ONLY IS THE SCHOOL BOARD  DERELICT IN THEIR DUTY TO FOLLOW  THE LAWS, THEY HAVE ALSO FAILED  TO DO SO WITHIN THE REQUIRED  TIMELINES PROVIDED BY LAW.  TO HAVE THESE FAMILIES LOSE  THEIR SCHOOLS WITHOUT THE --    

>>Lynn Gray: FINAL THOUGHTS.    

>> -- BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS  FURTHER EXACERBATES THE  SITUATION PUTTING CHAOS AN DOING  HARM TO THESE STUDENTS AS WELL  AS THE VALUES AND DEDICATED  TEACHERS AND STAFF.  I WILL SUMMARIZE WITH THIS, AND  THAT IS THE THAT OUR STUDENTS,  OUR FAMILIES, OUR TEACHERS, ALL  DESERVE THE SAME RESPECT AS  EVERY TRADITIONAL PUBLIC  SCHOOLTEACHER, FAMILY, AND  STUDENT.  THANK YOU.    

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU.  [ APPLAUSE ]  OKAY, BOARD MEMBERS, THIS  CONCLUDES OUR PUBLIC COMMENTS.  THERE IS ONE MORE CAVEAT IN  PROMISSORY MOTION TO MEMBER  VAUGHN'S -- I BELIEVE THIS IS AN  OPEN COMMENT PERIOD OF TIME THAT  WE HAVE, ACTUALLY WE DO HAVE  TIME TO SPEAK ON ANY MATTER THAT  YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE.  MR. PORTER, PLEASE GUIDE ME ON  THIS PROCEDURE.    

>>Jim Porter: I THINK YOU ARE  DOING VERY WELL, MADAM CHAIR, A  REQUEST, BOARD CONSENSUS THAT AT  MRS. VAUGHN'S REQUEST, AND TO  DISCUSS THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO  BRING FORWARD IN THE FUTURE TO A  BOARD MEETING AGENDA ITEM.    

>>Lynn Gray: AND PLEASE BE  GUIDED THAT WE DO HAVE A FULL  BOARD MEETING TONIGHT.  AND SO WITH THAT BEING SAID, ANY  THOUGHTS THAT YOU ALL WANT TO  SHARE?  AND MEMBER VAUGHN, DO YOU WANT  TO START OUT WITH SOMETHING  PERHAPS?    

>>Jessica Vaughn: FIRST OF ALL,  I APPRECIATE THE TIME FOR THIS.  I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE  DO HAVE SOMEWHAT OF AN OPEN  FORUM IF THERE ARE THINGS WE  WANT TO BRING FORWARD THAT WE  CAN TALK ABOUT IN THE SUNSHINE.  I DO HAVE A MEETING SCHEDULED  WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT TO  DISCUSS SOME OF THE DETAILS  ABOUT THE ARTICLE THAT CAME OUT  YESTERDAY.  I HAVE GOTTEN A LOT OF PARENT  CONCERNS AND CONSTITUENT  CONCERNS ABOUT THE ARTICLE THAT  CAME OUT IN REGARDS TO THE BLAKE  STUDENT, AND HER EXPERIENCE.  SO I ANTICIPATE MAKING SOME  COMMENTS ABOUT THAT AT THE  PUBLIC MEETING TONIGHT AFTER I  SPEAK WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT.  BUT OTHER THAN THAT, I THINK WE  HAVE HAD A FULL DAY, AND  ALTHOUGH I APPRECIATE THIS TIME,  I HAVE NOTHING MORE TO SAY AT  THIS JUNCTURE.  SO THANK YOU.    

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER  VAUGHN.  BOARD MEMBERS, ANYTHING?  IF THAT BE THE CASE, LET'S  ADJOURN.