Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Board Regular Meeting from July 13, 2021 - 4:00 p.m.

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

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

>> WE ARE DIVERSE AND DEDICATED. OUR BOARD MEETINGS ARE HELD IN OUR BOARD AUDITORIUM ON SELECT TUESDAYS AT 4 P.M. THE BEST WAY TO SERVE OUR STUDENTS AND OUR 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 ON ALL BROADCASTS AND PAST MEETINGS ARE AVAILABLE IN OUR ONLINE ARCHIVES.

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

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

>>Lynn Gray: GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE. THE BOARD MEETING OF JULY 13th, 2021 IS CALLED TO ORDER. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF MEMBER MELISSA SNIVELY, WHO IS NOT HERE AT THIS TIME, AND MEMBER STACY HAHN, WHO IS NOT HERE AT THIS TIME, WE HAVE KAREN PEREZ WHO IS ON THE TEAMS. SHE WILL BE LISTENING AND WEIGHING IN ON HER THOUGHTS. WITH THAT BEING SAID, WE DO HAVE A QUORUM. AND NOW LET ME GO AHEAD AND INTRODUCE MEMBER COMBS, WOULD YOU LEAD US INTO A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND FOLLOW US ALL WITH THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE?

>> PLEASE JOIN ME IN A MOMENT OF SILENCE. (MOMENT OF SILENCE). THANK YOU. NOW PLEASE STAND FOR THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. [ PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ]

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER COMBS. WE HAVE TWO WITHDRAWN ITEMS TODAY. 4.03, DISCIPLINARY ACTION, AND 6.12, RENEWAL PURCHASE OF ACHIEVE 3000 WITH GRADES 3-12 FOR THE 21-22 SCHOOL YEAR. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO ADOPT THE AGENDA. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER HAHN AND A SECOND BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. ANY DISCUSSION? OH, MEMBER HAHN -- SORRY. OKAY. WE WILL NOW -- WE HAVE A SECOND BY MEMBER WASHINGTON, A FIRST BY MEMBER COMBS. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. ALL FAVORABLE. AND WITH KAREN PEREZ.

>>Jim Porter: THEY ARE HAVING A TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY WITH HER. OH, SHE IS ON. THEY GOT HER ON. GREAT.

>>Lynn Gray: GOOD AFTERNOON, MEMBER PEREZ. ARE YOU ABLE TO WEIGH IN ON THE VOTE?

>>Karen Perez: YES.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. SO WE HAVE FOUR, WE HAVE FIVE WEIGHING IN. THANK YOU. OKAY. LET THE RECORD REFLECT THAT MEMBER HAHN AND MEMBER SNIVELY ARE ABSENT AND ALL OTHER BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT WITH THE EXCEPTION OF MEMBER HAHN AND MEMBER SNIVELY. AND MEMBER PEREZ IS AVAILABLE BY REMOTE. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES. WE HAVE A LOT OF MINUTES TO BE APPROVED TODAY. WE WERE VERY BUSY AS A BOARD. MAY 4th, THE SCHOOL BOARD RETREAT. MAY 6th, THE SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETING. MAY 18th, THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. MAY 18th, THE SCHOOL BOARD WORKSHOP. JUNE 15th, THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. JUNE 17th, THE SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETING. JUNE 29th, THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. JUNE 29th, THE SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETING. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE MINUTES. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER COMBS AND A SECOND BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. WILL THERE BE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. AND MEMBER PEREZ, THAT'S A YES. THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, I WOULD LIKE TO GO OVER THE FORMAT OF TODAY'S MEETING. AS A REMINDER THIS IS A NONPARTISAN BOARD AND THE BOARD IS ASKED TO CONSIDER OUR CHILDREN'S INTERESTS AND NEEDS FIRST TO PAVE THE WAY FOR EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE AGENDA STATEMENT, 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 BACK INTO THE QUEUE. NOW, MEMBER COMBS, WOULD YOU BE SO KIND AS TO READ THE BOARD GUIDELINES?

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

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER COMBS. ZOE WE HAVE TWO ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR TIME CERTAIN. AT 5:01 P.M. WE HAVE A PUBLIC HEARING FOR RECOMMENDED INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS WHICH IS DIGITAL DESIGN, FASHION, TELEVISION PRODUCTION, AND WORLD LANGUAGES. AT 6:00 P.M. WE HAVE EMPLOYEE INPUT. PUBLIC COMMENT. THE BOARD WELCOMES COMMENTS FROM CITIZENS AND VALUES YOUR INPUT TO THE BOARD. IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSE TO YOUR COMMENTS, OUR STAFF WILL FOLLOW UP WITH YOU AND 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 THE COMMENTS ARE NOT DIRECTLY PERSONALLY AGAINST A BOARD MEMBER OR STAFF MEMBER BUT RATHER DIRECTLY TO THE ISSUES AT HAND. 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. HOWEVER, AT TIMES, WHEN THERE IS AN ISSUE OF GREAT INTEREST, WE COULD CHOOSE TO EXTEND THAT TIME. THIS AFTERNOON, EACH SPEAKER WILL HAVE THREE MINUTES TO SPEAK. WHEN THERE ARE 30 SECOND LEFT, INSTEAD OF ME SAYING "FINAL THOUGHTS" YOU WILL HEAR HOPEFULLY -- A YELLOW LIGHT WILL GO ON AND A BUZZER WILL BE HEARD. AND FOLLOWING THAT 30 SECOND, YOU WILL HEAR ANOTHER BUZZER. AND I THINK AT THIS TIME WE WILL SOON BE ABLE TO CALL OUR SPEAKERS. RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE TIME FOR OUR RECOGNITIONS AND PROCLAMATIONS. OUR PROCLAMATION TODAY WILL BE BASED ON THE NATIONAL MINORITY MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH. AND IT IS MY PLEASURE, OUR PLEASURE, TO HAVE MEMBER WASHINGTON READ THIS PROCLAMATION.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: EACH YEAR, MILLIONS OF AMERICANS FACE THE REALITY OF LIVING WITH -- THROUGH EDUCATION, OUR DISTRICT AIMS TO DECREASE THE STIGMA, PROVIDE RESOURCES, EDUCATE ALL STAKEHOLDERS, EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF CULTURE AND IDENTITY IN THE MENTAL HEALTH MOVEMENT. AND ADVOCATE FOR POLICIES THAT SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES FACED WITH MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES. MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS DO NOT DISCRIMINATE. IT'S BASED ON RACE, NOT BASED ON RACE, COLOR, GENDER, OR IDENTITY. ANYONE CAN EXPERIENCE THE CHALLENGES OF MENTAL HEALTH REGARDLESS OF THEIR BACKGROUND. FORMALLY RECOGNIZED IN JUNE 2008, BEBE MOORE CAMPBELL NATIONAL MINORITY MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH HAS BEEN OBSERVED EACH JULY AND WAS CREATED TO BRING AWARENESS TO THE UNIQUE STRUGGLES THAT UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS FACE REGARDING MENTAL ILLNESS IN THE UNITED STATES. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER WASHINGTON. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE NATIONAL MINORITY MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER COMBS AND A SECOND BY -- BY MEMBER VAUGHN. THANK YOU. ANY DISCUSSION? WE HAVE -- CORRECT. MEMBER PEREZ WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A COMMENT. I SEE MEMBER WASHINGTON WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A COMMENT, ALSO?

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: NO, I GIVE TO THE MEMBER --

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER PEREZ. THANK YOU.

>>Karen Perez: THANK YOU FOR BRINGING UP THE PROCLAMATION. WE HAD A PLAYER WHO MENTIONED IT'S OKAY NOT TO BE OKAY, AND WE SEE THAT, YOU KNOW, ACROSS OUR MENTAL HEALTH, THAT LIKE MEMBER WASHINGTON MENTIONED, THAT MENTAL HEALTH DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE. AND, YOU KNOW, THE FACT THAT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS, THAT WE PROVIDE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR ANYONE AND EVERYONE WHO NEEDS IT, AND NOT ONLY FOR OUR STUDENTS BUT FOR THEIR FAMILIES. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BRINGING UP THIS PROCLAMATION, AND ALWAYS KEEP MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AND FOREMOST FOR OUR FAMILIES. THANK YOU.

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

>>Jessica Vaughn: I WASN'T IN THE QUEUE TO SPEAK BUT I DON'T MIND. I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT EVERY COMMUNITY WE ARE REMOVING AND WORKING REALLY HARD TO REMOVE ANY STIGMA ASSOCIATED WITH MENTAL HEALTH SO I AM REALLY GLAD TO SEE THIS PROCLAMATION TO MAKE SURE THAT, YOU KNOW, WE ARE REACHING ACROSS ALL COMMUNITIES THAT ARE ADVOCATING FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND MAKING SURE IT'S ACCESSIBLE, SO THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN, FOR SPEAKING RIGHT FROM THE HEART AND RIGHT AWAY. SO I ALSO AGREE VERY MUCH, AND I THINK ALL OF US RIGHT NOW IN THE DAIS EDUCATED AND BEFORE THE MIND WILL LEARN AND ABSORB ACADEMICS, THEIR MIND AND WELL-BEING MUST BE ADDRESSED. AND THAT IS SO KEY AND CRITICAL, AND WE ARE ALSO REMINDED THAT OUR SUPERINTENDENT IS TAKING -- SPENDING A LOT OF MONEY, AS WE SHOULD, TO THE EFFORTS OF MENTAL HEALTH. AND THAT WILL BE PROBABLY HIGHLIGHTED DURING THIS BOARD MEETING, BUT BOARD MEMBERS ARE VERY KEENLY AWARE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF MENTAL HEALTH FOR ALL RACE, COLOR AND GENDERS, AND/OR IDENTITY. I NEED YOUR VOTE AT THIS POINT IN TIME. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. OKAY, IT IS UNANIMOUS. AND MEMBER PEREZ, ALSO. AND AGAIN, MEMBER SNIVELY, MEMBER HAHN ARE NOT AT THIS MEETING AT THIS TIME. OKAY, WE ARE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND WE ARE MOVING RIGHT ON TO THE CONSENT AGENDA.

>>Jim Porter: WE NEED TO DO PUBLIC COMMENT BEFORE.

>>Lynn Gray: READY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT? ALL RIGHT. LET'S GO AHEAD AND WE WILL BEGIN. I AM GOING TO CALL OUT YOUR NAMES, PROBABLY FOUR OF YOU AT A TIME, AND THREE MINUTES EACH, SO YOU KNOW THE DRILL BECAUSE I ALREADY WENT BACK THERE AND TALKED TO SOME OF YOU. SO WE ARE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR COMMENTS. FIRST, JESSICA DEINVOICE, GONZALEZ, MARK KLUTHO, SCOTT HEIGHT, AND THEN DEBRA SETTLES A. SETTLESSA. YOU MAY COME FORWARD TO THE MICROPHONE. AND YOU MAY HAVE TOP ADJUST THE MICROPHONE BECAUSE I THINK IT'S A LITTLE BIT LOW. MS. MCDONALD, ARE YOU FRONT AND CENTER? I APOLOGIZE. YOUR NAME IS AT THE TOP. IT WAS HIGHLIGHTED.

>> MY NAME IS VERONICA MCDONALD. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HAS BEEN HIGHLIGHTED NATIONALLY FOR PUSHING BACK AND STEPPING THE RUBBER STANCH OF CHARTERS AND REINSTATING ACCOUNTABILITY. THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION HAS TAKEN NOTICE AND WILL BE DISCUSSING POSSIBLE ACTIONS AT THEIR MEETING TOMORROW FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD'S VOTE FOR CHARTER NONRENEWALS. THIS MEETING IS TOMORROW AT 9 A.M. AT ST. PETE COLLEGE AND IT IS HERE WHERE WE DISCUSS WHETHER OR NOT OUR SCHOOL BOARD BROKE THE LAW IN DENYING FOUR CHARTER SCHOOLS. IT SEEMS THE STATE IS POSTURING TO WITHHOLD MONEY UNLESS THE SCHOOL BOARD REVERSES ITS DECISION. THE STATE INDICATES THAT OUR BOARD VIOLATED LAW BY NOT GIVING A 90-DAY NOTICE BEFORE THE EXPIRATION OF CHARTERS THAT WERE UP FOR RENEWAL. I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE IT VERY CLEAR THAT OUR SCHOOL BOARD RECEIVED THE NOTICE OF RENEWAL OF THESE CHARTERS TWO WEEKS BEFORE GIVE OR TAKE BEFORE THESE CHARTERS EXPIRED. THE BURDEN OF RESPONSIBILITY OF NOTIFYING THE SCHOOL BOARD RESTS ON THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS AND ANY ACTION THAT IS TAKEN BY THE STATE TO WITHHOLD FUNDS WILL BE DUE TO NEGLIGENCE AND NOT PERFORMING THOSE DUTIES. THERE HAS PREVIOUSLY BEEN PUBLIC OUTCRY TO REMOVE THE SUPERINTENDENT DUE TO TEACHER CUTS. WILL COMMISSIONER CORCORAN LET THE SUPERINTENDENT TAKE THIS FALL SO THAT HE CAN MAKE A POINT THAT LOCAL CONTROL MEANS THAT HE CONTROLS LOCALLY?

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. JESSICA DEBOY. GOOD AFTERNOON.

>> MY NAME IS JESSICA AND I AM HERE REPRESENTING THOUSANDS AS PART OF HILLSBOROUGH PUBLIC SCHOOL ADVOCATES. ONE OF THE TENETS OF OUR GROUP IS TO REVIEW AGENDA ITEMS AND MAKE SURE THEY ARE GOOD DECISIONS FOR TEACHERS, TAXPAYERS, BUT ALSO FOR OUR STUDENT BODY. WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE A NO VOTE ON ACHIEVE 30700 WHICH I KNOW WAS WITHDRAWN TODAY AND WILL BE HAPPENING LATER THIS MONTH POTENTIALLY. THE AVERAGE IMPROVEMENT INDEX IS ONLY 3 TO 6 PERCENTILE POINTS OUT OF 50. WE ALSO TOOK AN UNOFFICIAL SURVEY ASKING THOUSANDS OF PARENTS AND TEACHERS TO WEIGH IN ON THEIR EXPERIENCES. ONE TEACHER MENTIONED SPENDING HOURS ONLINE WITH TECH SUPPORT AND NOT GETTING A RESOLUTION SHE SPEED NEEDED. WE ALSO HAD MANY RESPONSES STATING PROGRAMS LIKE COMMON LIT THAT ARE FREE HAVE BETTER RESOURCES AND EXPERIENCES. BUT FOR THOSE TROUBLING STATISTICS CAME FROM HILLSBOROUGH'S EVALUATION PROVIDED TO THIS BOARD STATING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP FOR TITLE 1 AND ELL STUDENTS GREW FROM PRETO POST-TEST. WE SHOULD BE PROVIDING BODIES IN THE CLASSROOM TO HELP WITH READING, AND WE SHOULD ESPECIALLY CONSIDER OUR ELL AND ESE STUDENTS WITH THE DECISIONS WE MAKE. SECONDLY WE ENCOURAGE A NO VOTE ON SEL DIGITAL CURRICULUM INCLUDING ELA AND SECOND STEP. OUR CHILDREN NEED TO PLAY AT RECESS, AND TEACHERS LEARN FIRST HAND WHEN TO INTERVENE AND WHEN TONE LET STUDENTS WORK THROUGH A PROBLEM ON THEIR OWN. AND HERE I ACTUALLY AGREE WITH CORCORAN WHEN HE STATED AT HILLSBOROUGH DALE EARLIER THIS MORE MORE TECH IN CLASSROOMS THAN ANY WHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD AND IT'S BEEN AN OVERWHELMING FAILURE, NOT A SUCCESS. THIRDLY THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION IS NEEDING -- MEETING AND DISCUSSING THE BOARD'S CHARTER NONRENEWAL DECISION. I WILL BE THERE ONCE AGAIN SUPPORTING YOUR DECISION. YOU REVIEWED THE DATA. YOU WERE PROVIDED RESEARCH AND VOTED ON THE ISSUE WHEN YOU WERE PROMPTED. EXACTLY WHAT WE WOULD EXPECT FROM AN ELECTED OFFICIAL. ANKLE AND THANK YOU. I WILL BE THERE TO SUPPORT YOU. MY CALL TO ACTION IS LET'S GO WITH OUR GUT, BOARD MEMBERS. AS YOU HIGHLIGHTED EDUCATORS IN YOUR PAST LIVES, LET KIDS LEARN FROM PLAY AND LESS TECHNOLOGY. SCREEN TIME IS SHOWN TO NEGATIVELY IMPACT OUR KIDS' ATTENTION SPAN AND LESS SOCIAL INTERACTION LEADS TO A MYRIAD OF ISSUES DOWN THE ROAD. WE ALSO ASK FOR A YES VOTE ON THE BUDGET YOU HAVE SEEN TODAY. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. GONZALEZ GONZALEZ. AND YOU ARE GOING TO HELP ME WITH THAT. MARK KLUTHO.

>> YOU WILL GET IT RIGHT EVENTUALLY. GET ACTUAL YO GONZALEZ MULATTIERI AND CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BOLTS.  FORGIVE ME IF I DON'T KNOW THE VIRTUAL PROGRAM BUT AS A STUDENT MYSELF WHO HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF ATTENDING ONLINE CLASSES DURING THE PANDEMIC, I COULD ONLY DESCRIBE THE PROCESS OF EDUCATING, AND THIS IS A HYPERBOLE. I AM EDUCATING MYSELF THROUGH A COMPUTER MONITOR AND SOFTWARE IS MIND NUDGE. IMAGINE UNDERGOING THIS PROCESS AS AN ESE STUDENTS OR A STUDENT RECEIVING EDUCATION THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE. THESE ARE ADOLESCENTS THAT NEED TO BE ENGAGED AND NEED TO HAVE THEIR MINDS STIMULATED. HAVING BEEN TARGETED BY THE SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE AS A TEENAGER MYSELF I HAVE DEDICATED A LARGE PART OF MY STUDIES, I CAN ONLY A SURE YOU HAVING COMPUTER SOFTWARE OPERATING IN PLACE OF A TEACHER IS NOT ONE OF THEM. THE DISTRICT IS DEBATING WHETHER OR NOT THEY SHOULD DEDICATE APPROXIMATELY A MILLION DOLLARS TOWARDS THIS PROGRAM. THIS IS A FOLLY. DOES THIS BOARD NOT BELIEVE IN EQUITY? IF SO HOW CAN YOU EXPECT OUR MOST AVERAGE YOUTH TO SUCCEED UNDER THIS PROGRAM? I WILL LEAVE YOU WITH THIS. ACCORDING TO MUCH EMERITUS PROFESSOR TILLMAN AN ESTIMATED 90 BETTERS OF INCARCERATED STUDENTS ARE BEHIND THEIR GRADE IN LITERACY AND QUALIFY AND COMPUTER SOFTWARE WON'T FIX THAT. PLEASE LOOK FOR BETTER ALTERNATIVES. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MARK KLUTHO FOLLOWED BY SCOTT HITE FOLD BY DEBRA SELZ RAH. GOOD AFTERNOON, MR. KLUTHO.

>> MARK KLUTHO. 101, 202, 103, HERE YOU ARE  FEEDING THE WATER MACHINE. YEAH, I GUESS YOU ALL HAVEN'T READ THE SHARK BOOK BY SMEDLEY BUCKER, WAR IS A RACKET. YEAH. CONTINUES TO GO ON. SUCH A SHAME. SUCH A DOGGONE SHAME. YES. HERE IS SOME WAY, ART TICK ICE AREA IS NOT RESISTANT TO GLOBAL WARMING. THERE'S A STORY BEHIND IT. AND HERE IS THE HEADLINE. CLIMATE SCIENTISTS WARNED US. WHEN WILL WE LISTEN? WELL, I HAVE BEEN BRINGING SCIENCE THAT WOULD HELP. AND YOU JUST KEEP IGNORING IT. MAKING SICK BUILDINGS THAT SPILLS CARBON INTO THE SPHERE. HERE THEY ARE IN NEW YORK, GETTING BUILDING DEGREE MAKEOVER, DEVELOPERS THAT PROVIDE NEW WAYS TO RETROFIT NEW YORK'S OLDEST STRUCTURES, TO REDUCE THEIR CARBON FOOTPRINTS. CUTTING THEIR UTILITY BILL BY 80%. YOU COULD HAVE DONE EVEN BETTER WITH NEW BUILDINGS THAT YOU WERE MAKING AT A LOWER PRICE. HERE IS A HEADLINE. CHANGES NEED TO KEEP NATURE. EARTH OKAY, REPORT SAYS. GET READY FOR CLIMATE DISASTERS. YEAH, THAT LAST ONE THAT JUST CAME BY WOULD HAVE BEEN A MONTHLY NOW WOULD HAVE BEEN A DIFFERENT STORY. THE ONLY BIG STEPS WILL SAVE EARTH. EARTH'S CARBON DIOXIDE LEVELS AT HIGHEST LEVEL IN 4 MILLION YEARS. AND AT THAT TIME, 4 MILLION YEARS AGO, FLORIDA WAS COMPLETELY UNDERWATER. IT'S JUST A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE THINGS CATCH UP TOE THAT. [BELL SOUNDS] A CRISIS AT ICONIC HOOVER DAM SEEING ITS LOWEST LEVELS EVER. YOU KNOW, THE SCIENCE IS THERE. BUT YOU FOOLS JUST KEEP IGNORING. AND FUTURE GENERATIONS ARE GOING TO LOOK BACK AND SAY WHY? WHAT WAS YOUR PROBLEM? [BELL SOUNDS]

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MR. KLUTHO. NEXT WE'LL HEAR FROM SCOTT HAITI, DEBRA S ELZA, CURT, AND THEN TERESA POTTER. GOOD AFTERNOON.

>> MY NAME IS SCOTT HITE FROM WESTCHASE, ADDRESSING THE ISSUE UNOF THE CHARTER SCHOOL. WE HAVE LEARNED OVER THE PAST YEAR THAT THE LEVEL OF POWER OF THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION HAS GROWN WILDLY OUT OF BALANCE, AND NOW THAT IT'S BOTH OUT OF TOUCH AND AT ODDS WITH THE BASIC NEEDS AND CHOICES MADE BY THE LOCAL DISTRICT AND THE PEOPLE THEY REPRESENT, RICHARD CORCORAN OF DOE IS REVEALING THEIR UNDEVELOPED AS COMMUNICATOR, UNABLE TO ENGAGE IN A FRUITFUL CONVERSATION, AND MOST ALARMINGLY, THEY SEEM TO THINK SUPPORTING THEIR FRIENDS FOR FOR-PROFIT MANAGEMENT COMPANIES IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN MAKING OUR FUNDS ARE GOING TO THE STUDENTS WHO NEED THEM. THERE'S NO LOGICAL REASON TO BE RENEW A CONTRACT TO CHARTER SCHOOLS THAT HAVE FAILED TO DELIVER OR EVEN MEET THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE ARE IN A BUDGETARY CRISIS. SO WITH IN A LOGICAL EXPLANATION FOR CORCORAN'S COMBATIVE DEMAND IT'S BEEN CLEAR HE'S BEEN DRAWN BY LOGIC OR BUDGET, OR EVEN QUALITY, A PRIVATE AGENDA. HIS GOALS ARE PROFIT AND POWER, NOT FAIRNESS AND CERTAINLY NOT EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION. THIS SITUATION IS TRULY A TRAGEDY FOR OUR KIDS. GROWING UP HERE IN FLORIDA. A LOT HAS CHANGED SINCE RICHARD CORCORAN LANDED HIS FIR JOB. AT ONE POINT THE FUTURE LOOKED PRETTY GOOD FOR HIM BECAUSE NO ONE WAS REALLY PAYING ATTENTION. BUT IT'S ALL CHANGED NOW. TRANSPARENCY IS A REQUIREMENT THAT THANKS NOT ONLY TO THE INTERNET BUT SOCIAL MEDIA. SO FEDERAL FUNDS WITHHOLDING, COMBATIVE, UNPROFESSIONAL, BASELESS ARGUMENTS AND WASTED TIME. SO EVERYONE CAN SEE THIS NOW. VOTERS HAVE TAKEN THEIR SECRECY, CAN'T HIDE ANYMORE. THEY HAVE TO LIVE WITH THE LEGACY OF THE PUBLIC, THE ROLE OF THE PUBLIC FOR THEIR OWN PERSONAL GAIN. WE ARE ALL WATCHING. SO WE BELIEVE WE ARE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY. TOMORROW WHEN THEY ARE BUSY THREATENING AND INTIMIDATING, ASK YOURSELF, ARE THESE THREATS AND INTIMIDATION WILL BE FOR OUR KIDS GROWING UP IN FLORIDA? I DON'T THINK SO. WE ALL AGREE THE ANSWER IS NO. PUT THE NEEDS OF THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS AND FAMILIES IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BEFORE THE PRIVATE INTERESTS OF A FEW PEOPLE IN TALLAHASSEE, AND THE PRIVATE COMPANIES THAT THEY SERVE. DO THE RIGHT THING. STAND UP TO THIS BULLYING. THE COMMUNITY WILL SUPPORT YOU FOR DOING THE RIGHT THING. THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME SPEAK.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. NEXT WILL BE DEBRA SELZER. I DON'T KNOW WHERE I GOT THE L FROM BUT I APOLOGIZE. CURT, AND TERESA POTTER, THEN PAT HALL. GOOD AFTERNOON.

>> THAT'S OKAY. EVERYONE LIKES TO DO THAT. I'M DEBRA SETZER. THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TODAY. I HAVE THREE POINTS I WANT TO ADDRESS TO THE BOARD AND SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. ONE, I REALLY WANT TO THANK THIS BOARD FOR HOLDING CHARTER SCHOOLS ACCOUNTABLE, AND REALLY TAKING A CRITICAL EYE TO REVIEWING THEM AND MAKING SURE THAT THEY ARE HOLDING UP TO THE STANDARD THAT WE HOLD THE REST OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS UP TO. I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT. TWO, I URGE THE BOARD TO APPOINT A COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD SO THAT YOU CAN MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE REALLY GETTING GREAT INPUT FROM THE COMMUNITY AND FROM THE PARENTS. AND NUMBER THREE, THANK YOU FOR REQUIRING MASKS IN THE SCHOOL LAST YEAR. PLEASE DO SO AGAIN FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 12 WHO DO NOT YET HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE VACCINATED. I KNOW THESE DECISIONS ARE REALLY DIFFICULT. AND IT'S REALLY HARD TO PLEASE BOTH SIDE. SO WE CAN'T. BUT WHAT WE HAD HOPED WAS THAT COVID WOULD BE BEHIND US, WE WOULDN'T HAVE TO HAVE MASKS, WE WOULDN'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IT. THAT WOULD BE GREAT. BUT WE HAVE TO FACE FACTS. UNFORTUNATELY, CASES ARE ON THE RISE IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. WE HAVE DEVELOPED A VARIANT THAT'S BECOMING MOWER AND MORE PREVALENT, AND IT'S MUCH MORE EASILY TRANSMISSIBLE. WE ALSO KNOW THAT MASKS MOSTLY PROTECT OTHERS AROUND US, NOT SO MUCH THE WEARERS, SO OPTIONAL MASKS DON'T WORK WELL. ESPECIALLY FOR UNVACCINATED CHILDREN. WHAT I URGE YOU TO DO IS NOT LISTEN SO MUCH TO POPULAR OPINION BUT LISTEN TO THE CDC. THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE THERE FOR. THEY JUST UPDATED THEIR GUIDANCE ON SCHOOLS. WHAT THEY SAID IS PRETTY CONSISTENT WITH WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN SAYING, AND THAT'S THAT ANYONE HONOR IS UNVACCINATED NEEDS TO WEAR A MASK IN AN INDOOR SETTING. PRACTICALLY, THIS COULD MEAN JUST REQUIRING MASKS FOR A FEW WEEKS FOR THOSE UNDER THE AGE OF 12 WHO DON'T YET HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE VACCINATED, IF THEY CHOOSE TO BE VACCINATED. REQUIRING MASKS FOR THE UNVACCINATED IS SO IMPORTANT NOW, AGAIN WITH THAT DELTA VARIANT, AND IT SEEMS SO MUCH MORE EASILY TRANCIBLE MISSABLE WITH CASES ON THE RISE. PLEASE DO YOUR PART TO PROTECT OUR KIDS WHO CAN'T YET PROTECT THEMSELVES WITH A VACCINE AND TO PROTECT OUR STAFF. THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING SCIENCE. SO IN SUMMARY, PLEASE CONTINUE TO HOLD THOSE CHARTER SCHOOLS ACCOUNTABLE. PLEASE HAVE A COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD AND REQUIRE MASKS NEXT YEAR FOR K-8. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. NEXT WE'LL HAVE CURT DOSON FOLLOWED BY TERESA POTTER THEN PAT HAUL AND THEN JENNIFER HART.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON.

>>Lynn Gray: I AM GOING TO MAKE A REMARK ABOUT THAT SOON BUT NOT YET. YOU GO AHEAD AND TAKE OVER.

>> WELL, GOOD AFTERNOON, BOARD MEMBERS AND SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. I HAVE BEEN A TEACHER IN HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOLS FOR TEN YEARS. I HAVE ALWAYS EXPECTED A GREAT DEAL FROM MY STUDENTS IN BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY, ANATOMY AND IF IIOLOGY AND EXPECTING TO US BREAK SOME RECORDS NEXT YEAR, OR NEXT WEEK.  IN MY CLASSES, IN THE SPIRIT OF HOLDING MY STUDENTS ACADEMICALLY ACCOUNTABLE, I HAVE OFTEN HAD TO TELL THEM SOMETIMES I HAVE TO SAVE YOU FROM YOURSELF. THIS IS IN REFERENCE TO THE OCCASIONAL AAL ADOLESCENT COMPLACENCY. NOW I COME TO YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, GUIDANCE AND AUTHORITY TO HELP SAVE OUR STUDENTS FROM OURSELVES SHALL NOT FROM ACADEMIC COMPLAIN SY BUT DRUG USE AT SCHOOLS. BEFORE THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HIT, SCHOOLS ACROSS AMERICA, FLORIDA AND TAMPA BAY WERE PURSUING LEGAL ACTION AGAINST SAVING COMPANIES FROM MARKETING THEIR PRODUCTS TO CHILDREN. I DON'T KNOW IF THIS LEADERSHIP CAN RIGHT NOW CITE A PLAN THAT'S BEING IMPLEMENTED IN HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOLS AND DISCOURAGE STUDENTS -- IF YOU REMEMBER HOW WELL YOU HID THINGS FROM YOUR PARENTS AND TEACHERS, I KNOW I OH DO, WELL, THE STUDENTS TODAY KNOW HOW TO DO IT AND THEY KNOW HOW TO DO IT BETTER THAN WE DID. THEY KNOW HOW TO HIDE IT, GET AWAY WITH IT, AND I AM THERE EVERY DAY AND I CAN ASSURE YOU THEY ARE BEING CONSISTENT. ADD OH LEASENS IT IS A REAL THREAT TO THE LEARNING PROCESS. IF YOU WALK INTO A HIGH SCHOOL BATHROOM IN AMERICA YOU MAY FIND A CROWD OF STUDENTS IN BETWEEN CLASSES. I CAN CONFIRM THAT AND I HAVE WALKED IN ON THEM ON COUNTLESS OCCASIONS. THERE'S BEEN NO DECLINE IN THIS EPIDEMIC. I ASK THE LEADERSHIP HERE TO OCCUR VEIL THIS ISSUE KNEW HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOLS. AS A SCIENCE TEACHER, I TRY TO EDUCATE MY STUDENTS ON THE VERY REAL HEALTH DANGERS BUT I CANNOT ATTACK AND SOLVE THIS ISSUE ALONE. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. NEXT WE WILL HEAR FROM TERESA POTTER, PAT HALL, JENNIFER HART, DEMER US BRIDGES. GOOD AFTERNOON.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. I'M TERESA POTTER, THE PRESIDENT-ELECT AND THE CHAIR OF THE ACTION GROUP OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS. I'M AN EDUCATOR, AT ONE TIME IDA BAKER DIVERSITY NO, MA'AM FEE FOR A TITLE 1 SCHOOL HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, THE MOTHER OF TWO BOYS WHO GRADUATED FROM HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE PANDEMIC YEARS OF 2020 AND 2021, AND ALTHOUGH I AM NOT CURRENTLY A PARENT OF A K-12 STUDENT AND I AM NOT CURRENTLY A PRACTICING EDUCATOR, I AM A TAXPAYER, A VOTER AND I WILL ALWAYS BE A PUBLIC SCHOOL ADVOCATE. SO I WANT TO THANK THIS BOARD FOR BEING VERY DELIBERATE IN MAKING SURE THAT EACH ACTION YOU TAKE SUPPORTS AND PROTECTS THE RIGHTS OF ALL STUDENTS. FOR MAKING SURE THAT ALL STUDENTS RECEIVE THE SERVICES THAT THEY NEED AND DESERVE AND FOR WORKING TOWARDS THE END GOAL. THAT ALL STUDENTS RECEIVE AN EQUAL EDUCATION AS REQUIRED BY THE FLORIDA CONSTITUTION. WITH OUR STATE SHIFTING TAXPAYERS TO OUR STUDENTS OVER A BILLION DOLLARS THIS YEAR, IT'S ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT TO BE DELIBERATE IN HOW EACH DOLLAR THAT WE DO HAVE IS SPENT. SO I THANK YOU FOR SCRUTINIZING THE USE OF OUTSIDE VENDORS, ESPECIALLY ONLINE PROGRAMMING, AND HOPE TO SEE MORE DETAIL IN HOW EACH TOOL IS BEING USED IN OUR SCHOOLS. OTHERS WILL TALK TODAY, AS SOME HAVE ALREADY, ABOUT ACHIEVE 3000 SO I WILL JUST CONCUR WITH THE CONCERN THAT REPORTS SHOW THAT THE PROGRAM HAS NOT BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN NARROWING THE LEARNING GAP WITH OUR EL STUDENTS OR STUDENTS IN TITLE 1 SCHOOLS, AND THAT EDUCATORS HAVE REPORTED SUBSTANTIAL ISSUES WITH IMPLEMENTATION. THIS SAME CONCERN APPLIES TO OTHER VENDORS AS WELL. FOR EACH VENDOR, WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO SEE EXACTLY HOW THE PROGRAM WILL BE USED, HOW MANY STUDENTS WILL BE USING IT, WHICH SCHOOLS, WHICH GRADE LEVELS, AS WELL AS THE PER-STUDENT COST. FOR EXAMPLE,EN GENERAL UTE IS ON THE AGENDA TODAY. BUT THIS THREE YEAR CONTRACT IS FOR CREDIT RECOVERY COURSES ONLY. WE ARE GLAD TO SEE IT'S NOT BEING USED IN HILLSBOROUGH VIRTUAL SCHOOLS BUT IT'S NOT CLEAR HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO USE THIS PROGRAM EDGENUITY FOR 900,000 PER YEAR, SINCE IT'S A SET AMOUNT RATHER THAN A PER STUDENT COST IT IS DIFFICULT TO KNOW HOW MUCH IT COSTS PER STUDENT AND HOW MUCH IT IS EXPECTED TO BE UTILIZED AT EACH SCHOOL. IT WOULD PROBABLY BE MORE VALID TO SHOW PREPANDEMIC USAGE THAN LAST YEAR'S NUMBER. PLEASE CONTINUE TO BE A VERY DELIBERATE WITH THESE DOLLARS SPENT ESPECIALLY WITH MULTIYEAR CONTRACTS THAT LOCK DOWN MILLIONS OF FUTURE DOLLARS ON PROGRAMS WITHOUT IDENTIFYING THE COST ON A PER STUDENT BASIS AND WITHOUT DETERMINE EXACTLY WHICH STUDENTS CAN BENEFIT FROM THEM. THANK YOU. [BELL SOUNDS]

>>Lynn Gray: PERFECT. THANK YOU, MRS. POTTER. NEXT WE HAVE PAT HALL, JENNIFER HART, DEMAR US BRIDGES AND ALLISON FERNANDEZ. GOOD AFTERNOON.

>> MY NAME IS PAT HALL. AND I AM HERE TO TALK ON SEVERAL SUBJECTS. FOR PARENTS WHO NEED NEW CHOICES OF SCHOOL, THEIR CHOICES ARE ANY OTHER CHARTER SCHOOL, A DISTRICT MAGNET SCHOOL, A TRADITIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOL, OR A PRIVATE SCHOOL THEY CAN PAY FOR. ON ANOTHER SUBJECT, ACHIEVE 3000, AS SEVERAL PEOPLE HAVE STATED, THE SUMMARY RESULTS SHOW THAT CHILDREN WITH ELL BE MEANS AND CHILDREN IN TITLE 1 SCHOOLS ARE NOT WELL SERVED BY THIS COMPUTER SYSTEM. THEY DID NOT IMPROVE AND THEIR ACHIEVEMENT GAP WIDENED THIS PAST YEAR. RADICAL IDEA. HIGHER PASSIONATE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO TEACH LITTLE ONES THE JOY OF READING, TEACHER AIDES, SO THEY CAN HAVE SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTION, ONE ON ONE READ ALOUD SESSIONS TO CONNECT PERSONALLY WITH LITTLE KIDS. HOW MANY MILLIONS WOULD THAT COST? ARE SOME OF THE FUND SUPPOSED TO BE USED TO HELP THIS POPULATION? I BELIEVE SO. ACHIEVE 3000 IS NOT RIGHT FOR ALL CHILDREN AND SCHOOLS. LIMIT IT WHERE IT HAS SHOWN PROMISE. IF YOU HAVE BEEN IN A SCHOOL RECENTLY, THERE ARE NEVER ENOUGH COMPUTERS TO GO AROUND AND MEDIA CENTERS STAY CLOSED FOR DAYS, MONTHS, FOR ENDLESS TESTING. MAYBE ACHIEVE ISN'T TESTING, BUT GRADING IS INVOLVED, SO WHO IS KIDDING WHO? SINCE WOODMONT WAS AN ISSUE IN THE EDITORIAL PAGES THIS WEEK, HERE IS A GRADE SINCE OPENING IN 2011. D, F, C, D, D, D. UNTIL THEY GOT TWO Bs WHEN THEY HAD A NEW PRINCIPAL WHO COULD FIN NEIGH WILL THE NUMBERS BETTER. MR. CORCORAN'S BULLYING TECHNIQUES AND MALARKEY REGARDING 90 DAYS THIS AND THAT, WHY IS HE SKIPPING THE MANY VIOLATIONS OF STATE AND FEDERAL LAW RELATED TO EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS? I DON'T SEE THAT IN HIS FUN LETTERS. CHARTER SCHOOLS ONLY GET ONE ANNOUNCED SITE VISIT PER YEAR. THE REST OF THE YEAR, THEY ARE FREE TO DO WHATEVER IN THE WORLD THEY WANT. OVERCROWDED CLASSROOMS, SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS, ESE VIOLATIONS. THANK YOU FOR THE CLEARLY WRITTEN 90 DAY LETTERS WITH RELEVANT RATIONALE FOR DENIAL. CAN CORCORAN COUNT TO 90?

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MS. HALL. NEXT WE'LL HEAR FROM JENNIFER HART FOLLOWED BY DESMARAIS BRIDGES, ALLISON FERNANDEZ, THEN STEPHANIE BAXTER JENKINS.

>> I FEEL LIKE THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER HERE. GOOD AFTERNOON, SCHOOL BOARD. MY NAME IS GENERAL I HAVE HART, HERE TORQUE SPEAK TO YOU AS A CONSTITUENT, A MOTHER OF A STUDENT IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND A VETERAN TEACHER OF 17 YEARS. FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR UPHOLDING YOUR VOTE TO I BELIEVE SEND A MESSAGE TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IS NOT OPEN TO ANY AND ALL CHARTER SCHOOLS ANYMORE AND THAT THEY WILL BE HELD TO THE SAME STANDARD AS ANY OTHER PUBLIC SCHOOLS. WE MUST ENSURE THAT SCHOOLS PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH A HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION AND A CRISIS WE CAN'T CONTINUE TO DIVERT MORE FUNDS FROM OUR ALREADY STARVING SCHOOLS SO THANK YOU. PLEASE CONTINUE TO HOLD STRONG IN YOUR REVOLVE. WE REALIZE OUR STATE GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO PAVE THE WAY TO PRIVATIZATION JUST AS FAST AS THEY CAN AND THAT THEY WILL THREATEN OUR COUNTY WITH WITHHOLDING FUND, SAYING YOU ARE BREAKING THE LAW, SAYING THEY ARE GOING TO TAKE OVER OUR DISTRICT, ET CETERA, BUT PLEASE CONTINUE TO FIGHT. SECONDLY, ALTHOUGH IT IS NO LONGER OTHER AGENDA TONIGHT, I WOULD LIKE TO AS A THIRD GRADE LANGUAGE ARTS TEACHER COMMENT ON ACHIEVE 3000 AND ENCOURAGE YOU TO VOTE TO NO LONGER KEEP THAT DEMOCRATIC HAD IN OUR SCHOOL. WE JUST DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH TECHNOLOGY TO IMPLEMENT IT EASILY. I FELT LIKE THERE WAS A CONSTANT NUMBER OF KIDS AS TEACHERS TRIED TO KEEP LESSONS COMPLETED. THIS WAS ON TOP OF iReady. AND I ALREADY WAS ALREADY SUFFICIENT FOR DATA COLLECTIONS. iReady IS MORE USER FRIENDLY FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS AND HAS MORE INSTRUCTIONAL COMPONENT WHEREAS ACHIEVE 3000 IS MOSTLY READING AN ANSWERING QUESTIONS, AND I ALREADY FEEL iReady GIVES TO SUPPORT STUDENTS TO SUPPORT CONCEPTS THEY ARE STRUGGLING WITH. ON TOP OF THAT, AND REALLY THE IMPORTANT THING IS RESEARCH AND STUDIES HAVE SHOWN OVER AND OVER AGAIN THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT KEY FOR STUDENT LEARNING SUCCESS IS INSTRUCTION FROM A QUALIFIED TEACHER. TEACHERS NEED TO BE ABLE TO PULL SMALL GROUPS TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONAL INTERVENTION FOR TIER 2 AND 3 STUDENTS. THEY NEED TO PULL SMALL GROUPS TO PROVIDE REMEDIATION FOR EACH AND EVERY LESSON EVERY DAY TO ADDRESS STANDARD AND SKILLS THAT STUDENTS MAY NEED ADDITIONAL SUPPORT WITH AND ON TOP OF THAT WE NEED TO PULL SOME GOOD OLD-FASHIONED READING GROUPS TO DIFFERENTIATE FOR OUR STUDENTS. TEACHERS ARE FEELING LIKE TIME IS BEING PULLED FROM THESE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE SURE STUDENTS COMPLETE ENOUGH TIME ON A COMPUTER PROGRAM. I CAN'T HOPE BUT FEEL LIKE ACHIEVE 3000 IS A TASK TO BE CHECKED OFF OF THEIR TO-DO LIST. IT'S NOT FOSTERING A LOVE OF READING AND BOOKS, AND THEIR INTERACTION AND NOT JUST EXCERPTS AND ARTICLES. PLEASE CONSIDER VOTING TO NOT RENEW ACHIEVE 3000 FOR THE UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. AND NOW WE ARE GOING TO HEAR FROM DESMARAIS BRIDGES FOLLOWED BY ALLISON FERNANDEZ, STEPHANIE BAXTER GENERAL KINGS CAN, AND THEN MICHELLE CONOLI.

>> GOOD EVENING. I HAVE A HANDOUT I WILL GET TO IN A SECOND. THE FIRST THING I WANT TO DO IS THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES THAT YOU WILL HOPEFULLY APPROVE DURING THIS MEETING TODAY. THEY ARE FANTASTICALLY SPECIFIC, WHICH IS THE FIRST TIME IN A VERY LONG TIME AND AS SOMEONE WHO SPEND AS LOT OF TIME TALKING TO PEOPLE ON THE LEGISLATURE IT IS VERY, VERY, VERY IMPORTANT TO BE SPECIFIC IN OUR ASK. SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR BOLD LEADERSHIP IN THAT. ALSO I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE FINANCIAL CAC AND I HOPE YOU WILL ALSO PUT ALSO THE OTHER THING I WANT TO SAY, I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO LOOK AT THE IDEA OF POINTING ALTERNATES. THEY WOULDN'T HAVE A VOTE OR A VOICE BUT IT WOULD ALLOW YOU TO BUILD YOUR -- THE MORE PEOPLE WE HAVE UNDERSTANDING HAVING A GOOD UNDERSTANDING OF THIS BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE, THE BETTER OFF WE ARE. AND IT WOULD ALSO MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE REPRESENTATION THERE ALL THE TIME SO SAY FOR EXAMPLE THE REPRESENTATION FROM DISTRICT 5 CANNOT BE THERE, YOU HAVE AN ALTERNATE TO TAKE THEIR PLACE. AND THEN IT ALSO BUILDS THE BEVERAGE AS YOU ARE LOOKING TO APPOINT NEW PEOPLE ON THE COMMITTEE BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THIS BUDGET IS INCREDIBLY COMPLEX AND IT TAGS SOME TIME TON DIGEST AND LEARN. IN ADDITION TO THAT I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT THE HANDOUT YOU HAVE IN FRONT OF YOU. THIS IS FROM THE BOCC. BASICALLY LAST TIME WE CAME TOGETHER I ASKED YOU HAVE A MORE ROBUST REPORTING SYSTEM FOR LOBBYISTS. AND WHAT THIS IS, IF YOUR LOBBYISTS ARE OBVIOUSLY REGISTERED, THIS GOES ONE STEP FURTHER. THIS GENERATES A QUARTERLY REPORT THAT STATES WHEN THE LOBBYIST -- WHO THE LOBBYISTS ARE MEETING WITH AND WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THEIR MEETING, AND THIS IS READILY AVAILABLE ON THE BOCC WEBSITE, AND INCREDIBLY HELPFUL AND TRANSPARENT FOR YOUR CONSTITUENTS. THE LAST THING I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT, I CAN TELL YOU MY KIDS IF THEY WERE IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RIGHT NOW WOULD SPEND MORE TIME ON A COMPUTER IN SCHOOL THAN I EVER ALLOWED THEM TO DO OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL, AND THAT TO ME IS INCREDIBLY PROBLEMATIC. RICHARD CORCORAN AS REFERENCED EARLIER SAID WE HAVE WITHOUT A DOUBT MORE TECH IN CLASSROOMS THAN ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD AND IT'S BEEN OVERWHELMINGLY A FAILURE, AND NOT A SUCCESS. I WANT TO REMIND YOU THAT WHEN WE CAME BACK TO SCHOOL LAST YEAR THE REASONING THAT WE HAD WAS THAT OUR KIDS NEEDED TO BE IN FRONT OF TEACHERS AND NOT COMPUTERS. SO DO NOT REPLACE THOSE TEACHERS WITH COMPUTER YOUS IN THE CLASSROOM. ALL OF THE FEEDBACK I RECEIVED FROM MY HOUSEHOLD ON THINGS LIKE ACHIEVE 3000 AND GOING ON THE COMPUTER, MY KIDS DO NOW AND THEY DON'T PAY ATTENTION, AND THEY START JUST PRESSING WHATEVER, AND SO I QUESTION THE QUALITY OF THESE DATA THAT YOU ARE GETTING BACK AS WELL BECAUSE IF THEY DON'T FEEL ENGAGED, THEN THAT IS PROBLEMATIC. SO I REALLY WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU INVEST IN TEACHERS, INVEST IN PEOPLE BECAUSE PEOPLE INVEST IN PEOPLE. YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN A PERSON LOOK AT A COMPUTER SCREEN AND SAY, OH, I FEEL SO LOVED BY THAT COMPUTER SCREEN. IN FACT THE OPPOSITE HAPPENS. THAT'S ONE. REASONS WE LIMIT IT IN MY HOUSEHOLD. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. FOLLOWING MS. BRIDGES WILL BE ALLISON FERNANDEZ, STEPHANIE BAXTER JENKINS AND MICHELLE DEN OVER.

>> I WANT DO SPEAK ON SEVERAL DIFFERENT TOPICS TONIGHT. ONE WHETHER YOUR CHOICE TO NOT RENEW THE CHARTERS WILL STAND OR NOT STAND IS SEPARATE. ALL OF THE CONCERNS THAT PEOPLE EXPRESSED ABOUT NOT RENEWING THOSE CHARTERS ARE ALL PROBLEMS THAT EXIST IN CURRENT TRADITIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AND I LISTENED AT THE LAST MEETING TO BE SOME OF THE SUGGESTIONS THAT WERE MADE AND SOME OF THE IMPROVEMENTS THAT MIGHT BE COMING FORWARD FROM ADMINISTRATION, AND THEY REALLY ALL SOUND LIKE MORE OF THE SAME THAT YOU HEAR YEAR AFTER YEAR. IT'S NOT WORKING. SO THE CONCLUSION THAT I HAVE COME TO IS A LOT OF DECISIONS AND CHANGES THAT HE COULD BE MADE IN THE DISTRICT ARE LIMITED BECAUSE OF THE FINANCIAL ISSUE. WELL, I IMPLORE YOU TO CREATE THE CITIZEN FINANCIAL COMMITTEE, AND I REQUEST THAT YOU PUT PEOPLE ON IT THAT HAVE ACCOUNTING KNOWLEDGE, AND ESPECIALLY SOME GOVERNMENTAL ACCOUNTING KNOWLEDGE. YOU ARE RUNNING A 3.5 OR $3.3 BILLION BUDGET IN THIS INDUSTRY, AND YOU ALL DON'T HAVE ALL THE TOOLS THAT YOU NEED TO MEASURE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF WHAT'S GOING ON AND WHAT YOU ARE SPENDING YOUR MONEY ON. SO I ASK YOU TO DO THAT. AND I ASK YOU TO LOOK AT COMPLETELY DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO REACHING CHILDREN THAT ARE SHOWING THAT THEY ARE NOT SUCCEEDING. AND I ALSO WANT TO POINT OUT THAT PARENT CHOICE IS THE NUMBER ONE CONSIDERATION. CHARTER SCHOOLS WOULDN'T EXIST WITHOUT PARENTS CHOOSING THEM. SO THERE IS VALUE IN THE PARENT CHOICE. THOSE PARTICULAR SCHOOLS THAT YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE RENEWED, MAYBE THEY WEREN'T DOING WHAT THEY NEEDED TO DO. CONSIDER THAT YOU HAVE EXISTING SCHOOLS THAT ARE NOT DOING WHAT THEY NEED TO DO, BUT PARENT CHOICE SHOULD BE NUMBER ONE. AND ALSO I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND YOU THAT THE PARENTS WHO PUT THEIR CHILDREN IN A CHARTER SCHOOL ARE ALSO TAXPAYERS. SO THEY ARE NOT DIVERTING. THEY ARE CHOOSING TO MOVE THEIR CHILDREN TO A DIFFERENT INDUSTRY OR DIFFERENT SCHOOL SITUATION. AGAIN, CAN WE LOOK AT THE PROBLEMS THAT WE HAVE IN THE EXISTING CHARTER SCHOOLS AND FIND A WAY TO BALANCE THAT WITH WHAT WE ARE DOING IN OUR TRADITIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS, WHICH WE ARE NOT BALANCING THAT VERY WELL. IF YOU LOOK AT THE SCHOOL GRADES FROM GRECO MIDDLE SCHOOL, THEY LOOK AN AWFUL LOT LIKE WOODMONT CHARTER SCHOOL. YOU DIDN'T RENEW THAT ONE. GRECO STILL EXISTS. SO I AM ASKING YOU TO CREATE THE CITIZENS FINANCIAL COMMITTEE, AND STAFF IT WITH PEOPLE THAT UNDERSTAND ACCOUNTING. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. AT THIS TIME, WE WILL HEAR STEPHANIE BAXTER JENKINS AND THEN FOLLOWED BY MICHELLE CANOLIA. AND GOOD EVENING.

>> GOOD EVENING. I HAVE A COUPLE THINGS AS WITH OTHER SPEAKERS THAT I WANTED TO TALK TO ALL OF YOU ABOUT TONIGHT. I AM NOT SURE IF ALL OF YOU ARE AWARE, BUT WE AS A DISTRICT, ABOUT 12,000 NAMES TO THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE FOR THE THOUSAND DOLLARS THAT SUPPOSEDLY THE GOVERNOR IS GOING TO BE GIVING OUT. I WANT TO -- I THINK IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING THAT, NUMBER ONE, I DON'T APPRECIATE POLITICAL PLOYS AND WE ARE ACTUALLY VALUING OUR EMPLOYEES. BUT BEYOND THAT, PEOPLE STILL DO WORK IN THIS DISTRICT, AND ALL OF OUR EMPLOYEES ARE SOCIAL WORKERS, OUR COUNSELORS, OUR ESPs, I COULD GO ON AND ON WITH EVERY JOB DESCRIPTION, BUT ALL THE PEOPLE HELP GET OUR SCHOOLS UP AND RUNNING, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM, AND THEY KEPT THEM OPEN, AND THEY GOT OUR KIDS EDUCATED THROUGH A PANDEMIC, AND SO I WANT TO IMPRESS UPON ALL OF YOU THAT HOWEVER YOU ARE GOING TO GO FORWARD WITH AFTER DOLLARS, AND RECOVERY ACT DOLLARS, WE DO NEED TO CONSIDERENNING IT OUT FOR ALL OF OUR EMPLOYEES. ON A SIMILAR NOTE, AS YOU ALL KNOW, OUR ESPs HAVE RECEIVED NOTHING, AND WE HAVE SKILL NOT BEEN BACK AT THE BARGAINING TABLE. RALPH IS NOT HERE THIS WEEK SO I AM GOING TO REITERATE HIS COMMON REQUEST THAT THAT IS AGAIN A HUGELY IMPORTANT THING. I WANT TO THANK THOSE MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL BOARD THAT HAVE BEEN PUSHING STRONGLY TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THAT. ON THIS CHARTER SCHOOL PIECE, I FEEL LIKE PEOPLE HAVE -- LESS MOST OF OUR PARENTS ARE VERY WELL EDUCATED ON THIS AND HAVE SPOKEN A LOT. I DO WANT TO SAY, JUST FROM THE PERSPECTIVE AGAIN OF SUPPORTING ALL OF YOU AS DECISION MAKERS, YOU HAVE LOCAL CONTROL, WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS DISTRICT. I KNOW THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WOULD LIKE TO TELL YOU IT'S REALLY THEIR, YOU KNOW, CONTROL. I KNOW RICHARD CORCORAN WOULD LIKE YOU TO LET HIM MAKE THE DECISION. BUT THERE IS A LEGAL PROCESS. THERE IS NOTHING YOU HAVE DONE THAT ISN'T FULLY LEGAL. YOU HAVE LAWYERS. THERE'S A PROCESS THAT THE WHOLE THING WILL GO THROUGH. THAT IS ALL THAT NEEDS TO BE SAID TO PEOPLE. I AUTHORITARIANISM THIS NOTION OF PRESSURING ALL OF YOU, THAT THAT WAS SOMEHOW THE WRONG DECISION, IS SORT OF CRAZY BECAUSE IT IS YOUR JOB TO MAKE SURE THOSE SCHOOLS ARE PROVIDING FOR CHILDREN, AND AGAIN DOING SO IN THE SAME WAY ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS ARE HELD TO. SO I THANK YOU ALL FOR THE TIME. HAVE A GOOD NIGHT.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, STEPHANIE BAXTER JENKINS. MICHELLE CANOLIA. YOU WILL HAVE TO FIX MY PRONUNCIATION. GOOD EVENING. I DID GET IT, OKAY.

>> THANKS, EVERYBODY. MY NAME IS MICHELLE CANOLIA AND I AM ONE OF MANY PUBLIC SCHOOL ADVOCATES IN THIS COUNTY SPEAKING. I HAVE TWO YOUNG ADULT SONS WHO BOTH RECEIVED THEIR EDUCATION IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. MY SISTER IS CURRENTLY A PUBLIC SCHOOL ESE TEACHER IN THIS COUNTY AS WELL. I RECENTLY LEARNED OF A SPEECH THAT RICHARD CORCORAN, FLORIDA'S COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION, DELIVERED DURING A LECTURE AT HILLSDALE COLLEGE IN MICHIGAN. I AM NOT SURE WHY HE'S GIVING LECTURES IN MICHIGAN RATHER THAN ATTENDING TO IT NEED OF FAMILIES AND TEACHERS IN FLORIDA, BUT APPARENTLY CORCORAN WISHES FOR HALF OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO BE PRIVATIZED OR AT CHARTER CHARTERED, AND PRIVATIZATION OF OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL HELP TO ELIMINATE FAILING SCHOOLS SO CHILDREN WILL RECEIVE WHAT THEY CALL QUALITY EDUCATION. IF THAT IS THEIR WORRY THAN WHY NOT FULLY FUND OUR EXISTING PUBLIC SCHOOLS SO THAT EVERY CHILD IN FLORIDA CAN RECEIVE A QUALITY EDUCATION? PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATORS WORK VERY HARD AND ENDLESS HOURS AND UNDER THE MOST SPARTAN OF FINANCIAL CONDITIONS, AND MOST RECENTLY CHALLENGING CIRCUMSTANCES IN THE WAKE OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC TO ENSURE THAT EVERY CHILD ENTRUSTED WITH THEIR EDUCATION AS THEY GROW INTO ADULTS RECEIVE RIGOROUS QUALITY EDUCATION. I SAW THIS DETERMINATION IN MY SON'S TEACHERS, ELEMENTARY THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL, AND I SEE IN THE MY SISTER'S TEACHING OF HEIFER OWN STUDENTS. IT'S HIGH TIME THAT PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY RECEIVE FULL FUNDING SO THAT BOTH OUR TEACHERS AND OUR CHILDREN CAN FLOURISH. IT'S ALSO TIME FOR THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD TO VOTE YES ON THE CREATION OF AN AUDIT CITIZENS ADVISORY COUNCIL OR CAC TO BE A SECOND SET OF EYES TO REVIEW BUDGET ITEMS BEFORE APPROVAL WHICH WILL GENERATE TRUST IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND THE WAY THEY ARE FUNDED. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO MY CONCERNS AS A HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL PARENT. AND THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND THANK YOU, SPEAKERS, FOR SHARING YOUR THOUGHTS WITH US. WE ENCOURAGE SPEAKERS TO PLEASE CONTINUE TO DO SO. WE JUST WANTED TO DO A SEGUE HERE. THE BOARD MEMBERS WANTED TO SHOW AND SHARE SUPPORT FOR THE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING, AND AS A CONSEQUENCE I HAD THEM ALL WEAR SHIRTS, AND WE DID GO ON THE -- WHAT WAS THE NAME OF THE BOAT, STARLIGHT? BUT ANYWAY, WE HAVE COLLECTED ITEMS, SHIRTS, AND WE DO SUPPORT THE RAYS, AND WE DO SUPPORT ALL BUSINESS AND SUPPORTS OWNERS, BUT WE ARE VERY PROUD THAT THEY REPRESENT OUR TAMPA BAY AREA IN VARIOUS COMMUNITIES. SO EXCELLENT JOB. SECOND STANLEY CUP. AMAZING. THAT'S WHAT I CALL GREAT COMPETITION. AND THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS, FOR SHARING YOUR ENTHUSIASM. AND I THINK THAT'S ENOUGH OF THAT UNLESS YOU HAVE SOMETHING ELSE TO SAY. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS ON THE SUBJECT?

>>Addison Davis: NO, MA'AM. I THINK IT LOOKS GREAT.

>>Lynn Gray: MAYBE YOU WANT TO MAKE A REMARK ABOUT WHY YOUR SHIRT IS DIFFERENT.

>>Addison Davis: FOR ME TO KIND OF JOIN IN HOWEVER THE BOLTS WERE REALLY NICE AND GENEROUS LAST YEAR WHEN THEY WERE GOING TO THE FIRST STANLEY CUP AND PROVIDED A JERSEY FOR THE DISTRICT. SO I WANT TO MAKE SURE I REPRESENT AND APPRECIATE THEIR TOKEN OF APPRECIATION. I GAVE A JERSEY TO THE COMMUNICATIONS TEAM, SO WHOMEVER DECIDES TO NEED IT AND WHENEVER THEY CAN TAKE IT OUT OR USE IT, SO CHECK IT OUT, THANK YOU TO TANYA, A WONDERFUL JOB MAKING SURE IT'S AVAILABLE TONIGHT. BUT JUST TO SHOW APPRECIATION, I ELECTED NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PARADE, AND GOT A CHANCE TO SPEAK TO STUDENTS YESTERDAY AS PART OF CAREER SOURCE ON LEADERSHIP, AND IT WAS REALLY A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR ME TO SPEAK TO THEM BUT I AM GLAD YOU GOT A CHANCE TO JOAN I THAT PARADE, NICE FOR OUR COMMUNITY AND NICE FOR US TO BE BACK TO BACK CHAMPIONS.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. I AM SHARE ALSO THAT MEMBER SNIVELY AND MEMBER HAHN ALSO HAVE THE SHIRTS AND THEY ARE ALSO IN THEIR OWN WAY CELEBRATING THE WIN FROM THE BOLTS. AND MEMBER PEREZ, I BELIEVE YOU HAVE THE SHIRT ON. I CAN SEE ALMOST ALL OF IT. SO THANKS. ABSOLUTELY. 100%. ALL RIGHT. I AM GOING TO GO AHEAD AND DO A REAL QUICK VOTE. I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA AND THE MOTION BY MEMBER COMBS. A SECOND BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. AND PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS APPEAR. AND WITH A COMMITMENT OF YESES WITH MEMBER PEREZ. THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ. WE HAVE PASSED THE CONSENT AGENDA. NOW WE HAVE A TIME CERTAIN ITEM, 5:01. AND THAT IS I BELIEVE WHAT I HAVE IS THE STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT. IS THAT CORRECT? WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A DISCUSSION ON THAT? IF THAT NOT BE THE CASE, THEN WE WILL GO AHEAD AND MOVE WITH OUR NORMAL AGENDA.

>>Jim Porter: 5:01 PUBLIC HEARING IS FOR THE RECOMMENDED INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS FOR DIGITAL DESIGN AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION.

>>Lynn Gray: THAT CLEARS THAT UP. LET'S SEE WHAT WE CAN DO ON THAT. LET'S BEGIN.

>>Jim Porter: IT WAS ADVERTISED FOR 5:01. WE HAVE A FEW MINUTES TO GO. IT'S 4:58.

>>Lynn Gray: ALL RIGHT. WE WILL GO AHEAD AND MOVE RIGHT ON THROUGH. THE CONSENT AGENDA HAS BEEN APPROVED. AND WE ARE UP TO THE SUPERINTENDENT'S COMMENTS. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, GO AHEAD.

>>Addison Davis: TONIGHT I WILL BE REALLY BRIEF ON MY COMMENTS. IT MAY BE A GIFT OR SOMETHING NEW. WE'LL HAVE A COUPLE CELEBRATIONS TONIGHT, THE HARD WORKERS, AND SOME OF THE GREAT CELEBRATIONS IN OUR HIGH SCHOOL. AS YOU KNOW, WE HAVE SOME REALLY ROBUST IV PROGRAMS WITHIN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND JUST WANTED TO IDENTIFY THE SUCCESS RATE, DIPLOMA RATES THAT WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED THIS YEAR. IB DIPLOMA RATES. FINISHING ACADEMIC YEAR ONE OF THE HIGHEST RATES IN THE DIPLOMA RATE IN DISTRICT HISTORY.  IF WE LOOK AT HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL, THEY HAVE 100% OF THEIR STUDENTS ENGAGED IN IB. THEY GRADUATE, ALL OF THEM GRADUATED WITH AN IB DIPLOMA, A MAJOR CELEBRATION. THIS IS A 4% INCREASE OVER 2020 AND YOU SEE THAT THIS IS THE THIRD TIME IN THEIR HISTORY THEY HAVE HAD 100% ACKNOWLEDGMENT. THEY ARE FULFILLING THAT OBLIGATION LOOK.  AT KING. LOOK AT ROBINSON AND STRAWBERRY CREST AS WELL. ONCE AGAIN YOU START TO SEE GREAT MOVEMENT AND HISTORICAL, AND THIS IS ALL THE CONCENTRATION OF OUR STUDENTS, OF OUR TEACHERS, OF OUR COORDINATORS, OF OUR ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS, OUR PRINCIPALS, OUR PARENTS, ALL TO BE ARCTIVELY ENGAGED IN THIS PROCESS. ONE THING WE CAN CONTINUE TO DO IS TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT OUR IB STUDENTS CONTINUE TO BE EXPOSED TO RIGOROUS CONTENT, RIGOROUS CLASSROOMS, WHERE THEY CAN CONTINUE TO SHOW AND DEMONSTRATE THEIR ABILITY TO COMPETE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF OUR CLASSROOMS EVERY SINGLE DAY. THIS IS AN EXCEPTIONAL HARD WORK AND CONSIDERATION, AND WE THANK THEM FOR THE HARD WORK THAT MR. COX IN THE MAGNET PROGRAM TO MAKE SURE THIS IS A CONTINUED REALITY IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. AND WE CONTINUE TO BE OUTPERFORM THE NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL RATE FOR IB DIPLOMAS BETWEEN THE HIGH 60s AND MID 70s IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. SO HATS OFF TO OUR HIGH SCHOOL. KEEP WORKING HARD AND TO OUR STUDENTS FOR BEING CONNECTED TO THIS PROCESS. ALSO, WE HAVE ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT ONE OF OUR EDUCATORS, WE HAVE BEEN INFORMED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION THAT ONE OF OUR TEACHERS WHO WAS YUNG ROMANO FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE AND TEACHING, AND THIS GIVES THE CHANCE FOR HER TO BE GO TO THE NATE NIGHT WAY. MS. ROMANOS WILL LEAD AT ALONZO BUT THERE'S ONLY THREE FINALISTS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, AND EACH AWARD CATEGORICAL IS FORWARDED TO THE NATIONAL SELECTION COMMITTEE FOR STEM EDUCATION, AND THEY GET A CHANCE FOR THOSE WHO ARE SELECTED TO BE THE RECIPIENT OF THIS PRESIDENTIAL AWARD. THEY WILL BE NOTIFIED BY THE WHITE HOUSE AND ALSO HONORED IN WASHINGTON, D.C. AND THEN ALSO THEY RECEIVE $10,000 FROM THE FOUNDATION TO JOIN A CADRE AFTERWARD WINNING TEACHERS TO BE ABLE TO PUSH STEM WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THROUGHOUT THE NATION. SO HATS OFF TO MS. ROMANOS. WE THANK HER FOR HER HARD WORK IN BEING RECOGNIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. AND THAT'S IT. AS NOW WE WILL HAVE LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE THAT WILL TAKE PLACE STARTING NEXT WEEK. AND BEING HERE FOR GOING ON FOR 17 MONTHS THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TIME THAT I CAN GET A CHANCE TO BE IN FRONT OF ALL OF OUR PRINCIPALS AT ONE TIME. WE HAVE ALL HAD SOME REALLY TRYING TIMES WITH COVID. SO I AM JUST EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO GET EVERYONE IN THE SAME ROOM TO TALK ABOUT OUR VISION, TALK ABOUT OUR WAY OF WORK AND HOW WE CAN FURTHER SUPPORT OUR PRINCIPALS AND ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS AS WE MOVE FORWARD. THE FIRST TWO DAYS WILL BE OUR PRINCIPAL INSTITUTE ON THE 19th AND 20th AND THE NEXT TWO DAYS WILL BE THE 20th AND -- 21st AND 22ND FOR THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE TO REALLY FOCUS ON WAY OF WORK AND HOW WE WILL CONTINUE TO FURTHER SUPPORT STUDENTS AND OUR TEACHERS WITHIN OUR ORGANIZATION. SO THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THOSE ARE GREAT HIGHLIGHTS. WE HAVE A COMMENT FROM MEMBER PEREZ. AND WE HAVE A COMMENT FROM MEMBER VAUGHN. MEMBER PEREZ.

>>Karen Perez: THANK YOU FOR HIGHLIGHTING THE IB PROGRAM. THIS IS GREAT, AND THE FACT THAT WE OUTRANK THE NATIONAL PERCENTAGES. THAT'S FANTASTIC. BUT DO YOU HAVE THE NUMBERS RIGHT NOW AS FAR AS THE STUDENTS THAT RECEIVE THESE IB DIPLOMAS?

>>Addison Davis: WE CAN GET THAT INFORMATION TO YOU, WITHOUT A DOUBT. WE CAN GIVE YOU ALL OF THE DEMOGRAPHIC BREAKDOWNS AND THOSE STUDENTS WHO ARE ENGAGED AND ENROLLED AND THEIR COMPLETION RATES AS WELL.

>>Karen Perez: I THANK YOU. AND THANK YOU FOR HIGHLIGHTING THIS.

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER VAUGHN?

>>Jessica Vaughn: SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, I WAS JUST WONDERING TO CARRY OVER FROM SOME OF THE UPDATES THAT YOU ARE DOING, IF YOU COULD GIVE US A LITTLE BIT OF UPDATE ON THE COVID-19. I KNOW WE HAD DECIDED, YOU HAD DECIDED THAT WE WERE GOING TO KEEP MACK'S OPTIONAL BUT THAT WAS HIMSELF REFLECTED ON WHAT THE DATA LOOKED LIKE AND THE CDC AS THINGS WERE KIND OF CHANGING, AND I KNOW THE NEW VARIANT THERE'S SOME CONCERNS. SO I HAD SOME CONSTITUENTS WHO CONTACTED ME ABOUT THAT. SO I WAS WONDERING IF WE COULD DO AN UPDATE. ALSO I HAVE HAD A LOT OF CONSTITUENTS ASK ME ABOUT OUR EFFORTS, WHETHER WE ARE GOING TO GET THAT AND IF NOT WHERE THE HOLDUP IS. IF YOU COULD GIVE ME AN UPDATE ON THAT.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU FOR REALLY GOOD QUESTIONS. ONE THING WE DO D DO IS BE VERY TRANSPARENT WITH OUR COMMUNITY TO TELL THEM WE WILL ALWAYS CONTINUE TO WORK WITH OUR LOCAL HEALTH EXPERTS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO WATCH COVID'S IMPLEMENTATION AND OUR POSITIVE RATES. WE HAVE CONTINUED TO USE AND LEVERAGE, LOOK AT SUMMER SCHOOL, HOW THE OVERALL -- HOW COVID IS INTERACTING IN OUR SUMMER SCHOOL. CURRENTLY WE HAVE BEEN IN SUMMER SCHOOL FOR 22 DAYS TO DATE AND WE HAD IF POSITIVE CASES. OF THE 23 POSITIVE CASES 12 HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS LEARNERS AND TWO OF THOSE ARE IN ADULT CAREER CENTERS. SO WE HAD 22 DAYS, WE HAVE HAD TEN STUDENTS IDENTIFIED THROUGH COVID AND WE HAVE OVER 13,000 STUDENTS THAT ARE ENGAGED IN OUR SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAMMING. WITH THAT SAID, THE CDC GUIDELINES WERE UPDATED ON JUSSIE SMOLLETT 9th AND THERE WERE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE NOT BEEN VACCINATED TO WEAR MASKS INDOORS. IT ALSO WENT ON TO SAY THAT IF SCHOOL DISTRICTS -- BECAUSE THEY ARE RECOMMENDATIONS. THE RECOMMENDATION TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE HAVE MASKS. WE KNOW THAT STUDENTS WHO ARE UNDER 12 YEARS OLD DO NOT HAVE THE AVAILABILITY FOR VACCINATIONS AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME. WE DO SEE THROUGH POPULAR DEMAND AND LOOKING THROUGH IMPLEMENTATION THAT MASKS WENT AWAY IN A NUMBER OF AREAS, ESPECIALLY THROUGH EDUCATION, WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY, WITHIN THE GROCERY STORES, WITHIN BUSINESSES. AND WHEN WE LOOK AT THE CDC GUIDELINES, THERE IS AN IDENTIFICATION THAT IF ORGANIZATIONS OR SCHOOL ENTITIES ARE NOT GOING TO IMPLEMENT MASKS, OR NOT GOING TO TAKE A RECOMMENDATION FOR CDC GUIDELINES AND ONE THING THEY RECOMMEND IS WEARING MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING, IS THEY TAKE THE INITIATIVE TO NOT ABANDON BOTH OF THOSE AREAS TO BE ABLE TO DO IT IN THE APP FAIR CASE APPROACH MEANING THAT THEY ARE ASKING THAT WE NOT TAKE AWAY SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MASKS AT THE SAME TIME. THEREFORE, AT THIS TIME, WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK LOCAL MEDICAL EXPERTS, MASKS WILL BE OPTIONAL, WE WILL CONTINUE TO REVIEW THAT, HAVE ONCE A WEEK CONVERSATIONS, SO MASKS WILL BE OPTIONAL AT THIS TIME FOR NEXT YEAR. WE WILL CONTINUE TO SOCIAL DISTANCE WITHIN OUR SCHOOL WHERE POSSIBLE, AND WITHIN OUR ORGANIZATION, OUR CLASSROOMS AND OUR HALLWAYS, AND RIGHT NOW WE ARE TRYING TO FINALIZE OUR' R REOPENING PLAN. WE WILL TRAY TO HAVE A DRAFT OUT TO THE BOARD IN THE NEXT 48 HOURS, AND THE SAME TOKEN BEING ABLE TO SEND THAT INFORMATION TO OUR SCHOOL BASED LEADERS AS WELL TO BE ABLE TO OBTAIN ANY TYPE OF FEEDBACK IN ORDER TO MOVE FORWARD. RIGHT NOW AS WE STAND, WE WILL -- WE WILL HAVE -- MASKS WILL BE OPTIONAL BUT WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH OUR TEAM, MRS. BROWN AND HER TEAM DID A REALLY NICE JOB WORKING WITH OUR MEDICAL EXPERTS TO DETERMINE IF THERE'S ANY ADJUSTMENTS THAT NEED TO BE MADE. AS RELATES TO ESSR 3, I THINK ON JUNE 18th ACCEPTABILITY AN E-MAIL COMMUNICATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION ASKING THEM WHERE OUR DOLLARS RELATED TO THE APR AND ONE THING WE GOT BACK FROM THE CFO FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IS THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION DID ASK FOR AN EXTENSION FOR THAT PROCESS, FOR PART OF THE MONEY OVER $$400 MILLIONAL-INDICATED TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THEY SAID THE ONE THING THEY HAD TO DO WAS BE ABLE TO CREATE A PLAN TO BE ABLE TO SEND TO DEPARTMENT, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OF HOW THOSE MONEYS WILL BE EXPENDED AND MAKE AMENDMENTS AND PROCESS TO SHOW THE COORDINATION OF ALL THOSE DOLLARS. THROUGH THAT, MY ASSUMPTION IS THAT APPLICATIONS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE EXTENDED TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO APPLY THAT MONEY TO BE ABLE TO SHOW A THOUGHTFUL PLAN AND CONCENTRATION. TO DATE WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY KIND OF FURTHER NOTIFICATION OF WHEN THAT AMENDMENT WILL BE AWARDED OR ANY TYPE OF APPLICATION RELATED TO HILLSBOROUGH -- THE STATE OF FLORIDA, THAT WE AGREE TO THE FUNDING AND THIS IS OUR PLAN FOR INITIATIVES. ON TOP OF THAT, THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ALSO SAID THAT THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO GET STAKEHOLDER INPUT TO BE ABLE TO DETERMINE HOW THAT MONEY WOULD BE INCLUSIVE. THAT WAS A COMMUNICATION THAT WAS SENT TO ME AS WELL. TO DATE I HAVE NOT SEEN ANY FORMS OR OPPORTUNITY FOR STAKEHOLDER INPUT TO BE EMBEDDED IN THE PROCESS. WE DO KNOW THERE'S VERY CLEAR INDICATIONS FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RELATED TO HOW THIS MONEY IS SUPPOSED TO BE USED, AND FROM OUR SIDE THAT WE CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE WALLACE FOUNDATION AND BEING A COHORT OF HOW THEY CAN BE THINK PARTNERS IN GREAT CITY SCHOOLS ABOUT HOW THOSE DOLLARS ARE EXPECTED TO BE SPENT AND HOW WE CAN BE ABLE TO MANAGE THAT MONEY TO BE ABLE TO CREATE LIFT WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT EVERY SINGLE DAY. RIGHT I KNOW WE ARE ON HOLD FOR AMERICAN RESCUE INITIATIVE RELATED TO FUNDING FOR INDIRECTLY CALLED ESRRA 3 AND LOOKING FOR MORE GUIDANCE. ONE THING I DID ASK TODAY FROM THE CFO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, I ASKED MRS. PRIDGEON WHERE WE ARE RELATED TO THE SECOND PART MUCH FUNDING RELATED TO ESSRA 2 DOLLARS BECAUSE WE GOT LUMP SUMS OF OVER 100 MILLION-DOLLAR AND THERE WAS ADDITIONAL FUNDING I THINK OVER $54 MILLION THAT WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO HAVE ACCESSIBILITY TO. SO MY UNDERSTANDING THROUGH THE CONVERSATION TODAY, WE MAY RECEIVE SOME INFORMATION RELATED TO THAT AWARD BY THE END OF THIS WEEK SO THAT WE CAN GO FORWARD TO BE ABLE TO ACTIVATE THOSE DOLLARS TO MAKE SURE THOSE DOLLARS ARE GOING TO CHILDREN OR POTENTIALLY GOING TO SUPPORT OUR INITIATIVES ON STRATEGIC PLAN WITHIN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, AND WE KNOW THAT THROUGH THE BOARD WE WILL HAVE AN UPDATE I BELIEVE ON JULY 27th ABOUT, WORKSHOP ABOUT HOW WE PLAN TO SEEK INFORMATION AND FEEDBACK FROM THE BOARD ABOUT HOW ESSRA DOLLARS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED THROUGH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND BE ABLE TO PUT SYSTEMS AND PROCESSES IN PLACE, FURTHER SUPPORT ACADEMIC INITIATIVES, FURTHER SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH INITIATIVES, AND FURTHER STRENGTHENING THE CORE STRUCTURE AND ACCELERATE LEARNING ESPECIALLY IN THE LOW PERFORMING SCHOOLS IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. ONE MORE THING. I FORGOT TO KNOWLEDGE, WE HAVE MELANIE HILL TONIGHT. IF YOU WILL PLEASE STAND UP. MELANIE IS ONE OF THE -- I WILL SAY THIS. WE EARLIER, ABOUT A MONTH AGO, WE ACKNOWLEDGED A LEADER THAT WOULD GO TO TAMPA HEIGHTS AND LEAD THE WORK. THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION THEY GET INVOLVED RELATED TO LEADERS IN THE SCHOOLS FOR THOSE WHO CAN BE QUALIFIED FOR THOSE ROLES, AND WE SEND A NUMBER OF NAMES, THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION THROUGH ANALYTICS WHO HAVE HAS TURNAROUND EXPERIENCE TO LEAD THE WORK WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. AND IT CAME BACK TO THE NINE NAMES THAT WE SENT, THERE'S TWO NAMES THAT THEY APPROVED, AND MS. MELANIE HILL ANDERSON CURRENTLY AT DEAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A TURNAROUND EXPERT, AND WILL BE MOVING THE WORK AND BEING ABLE TO GO TO TAMPA HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY TO BE THE NEW PRINCIPAL. AND WE THANK HER FOR THAT. SEPTEMBER DIDN'T HAVE TOP DO. THAT WE TALKED TO HER. SHE UNDERSTAND THE SERIOUSNESS OF BEING ABLE TO MOVE OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR PERSISTENTLY LOW PERP FORMING SCHOOLS. SHE HAS CRITERIA, PROVEN TRACK RECORD, AND WE WANT TO THANK YOU AND WELCOME YOU. LET'S GIVE HER A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR HER WORK. YOO-HOO. THANK YOU SO MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU, THANK YOU. SO WE WILL LOOK TO FIND A NEW LEADR TO CONTINUE HER GREAT WORK AT DEAN. PLEASE KNOW THAT MS. JENNIFER WEST WILL GO BACK TO LEADING THE WORK AT OUR PROGRAMS AND OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. JENNIFER DOES A MAGNIFICENT JOB, AND OPENLY IN JENNIFER'S HEART, HER ASPIRATIONS IS TO GET BACK TO A SCHOOL. SO WHAT WE WILL DO IS WE WILL REALLY WORK IN THE NEXT YEAR TO MANAGEMENT SO MRS. WEST FEELS VERY COMFORTABLE ABOUT PUTTING SYSTEMS IN PLACE FOR OUR GIFTED INITIATIVE AND THEN TRANSITION BACK, GET HER BACK TO A SCHOOL WHERE PARTICULARLY HER HEART MAY BE.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. JUST A FOLLOW-UP QUESTION WITH REGARDS TO THE SAFETY AND THE COVID. WILL WE BE CONTINUING THE VARIOUS CLEANING SERVICES THAT COREY CULPEPPER HAD PROVIDED, AND I THINK WE FIND THAT THE PRINCIPALS ARE EXTREMELY COMPLIMENTARY WITH THOSE PROCEDURES.

>>Addison Davis: THE ANSWER IS YES, WE WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE SURE WE PROVIDE AVAILABLE PPE FOR OUR SCHOOLS. WE ACTUALLY SENT A COMMUNICATION OUT TODAY THROUGH OPERATIONS, TO BE ABLE TO REMIND OUR PRINCIPALS TO IDENTIFY AND ORDER WHATEVER THEY NEED FROM A PPE PURPOSES SO GET THAT OUT FROM START OF DAY ONE. THERE WILL BE SOME ADDITIONAL ADJUSTMENTS RELATED TO OUR SAFETY MANAGEMENT, RISK MANAGEMENT, TO BE ABLE TO CLEAN IT WE HISTORICALLY, I THINK IT WAS 48-72 HOURS, CREATED A CLEAN, BUT NOW WE ARE GOING TO FOLLOW CDC GUIDELINES IN THE 24-HOUR PERIOD THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO PUT IN THE PLACE. WE WILL STILL HAVE SANITATION STATIONS AVAILABLE WITHIN OUR SCHOOLS, OUR COMMON HALLWAYS, OUR CLASSROOMS INCLUSIVE OF WIPES, MASKS, WE WILL MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE HAVE HAND SANITIZER, SMELLS A LITTLE BETTER THAN LAST YEAR'S, HAVE ACCESSIBILITY TO IT, AND THEN BEING ABLE TO HAVE DIRECTIONAL NOTIFICATIONS TO OUR HALLWAYS AND THE WAY WE INTERACT. WE'LL CONTINUE TO HAVE BARRIERS WITHIN OUR LUNCHROOM. WE KNOW THAT IT'S VERY HARD TO SOCIAL DISTANCE DURING THAT TIME, AND IF WE START TO EXTEND THAT TIME FRAME, THEN JUST EMBED DID INSTRUCTIONAL PROCESS. WE WILL ABSOLUTELY CONTINUE TO HAVE MITIGATION STRATEGIES WITHIN OUR SCHOOLS, AND OUR STAFF HAS DONE A REALLY NICE JOB BEING ABLE TO HELP PRINCIPAL, WE WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE A COVID LEAD, CONTINUE TO HAVE MS. PIRANHA WHO DOES A WONDERFUL JOB, HOLDING ACCOUNTABLE TO MAKE SURE WE ARE T RIGHT PROTOCOLS ARE IN PLACE.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. IMPORTANT POINT. MEMBER PEREZ, DID YOU WANT TO MAKE A COMMENT? MEMBER PEREZ?

>>Karen Perez: SO WITH PPE GOING INTO THE FALL, I KNOW THAT ESSER DOLLARS COVERED IT. WE HAD SOME BUMPS IN THE ROAD FINANCIALLY. HOW ARE WE GOING TO COVER THAT? WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE FINANCIALLY FOR THIS DISTRICT? COULD YOU SPEAK TO THAT, PLEASE?

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM, REALLY GOOD QUESTION. FROM A FINANCIAL STANDPOINT, WE WILL CONTINUE TO LEVERAGE ESSER DOLLARS. THIS WAS THE -- THOSE DOLLARS ARE BEING USED FOR. SO WE WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT ANY PPE OR ANY COVID-RELATED EXPENSES ARE STILL CONNECTED TO THE FUNDING COME COMING FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, AND WE JUST WANT TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE ARE NOT IMPACTED FROM OUR GENERAL FUND IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM AND WE ARE USING THOSE MONEYS IN THE SPIRIT AND SCOPE AS THEY HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED.

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER PEREZ, ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE ANSWER?

>>Karen Perez: YES. YOU KNOW, THE FACT THAT TRYING TO COVER THE PPE AND EVERYTHING ELSE LAST YEAR REALLY PUT US IN A DEFICIT, AND MAKING CERTAIN THAT WE DON'T GET THERE AGAIN, YOU KNOW, I JUST WANT TO FIND OUT A PLAN. I WANT TO KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING ESPECIALLY SINCE WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED THE ESSER FUND BEING AS OF YET. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHEN THAT MONEY IS COMING IN, AND IF WE ARE USING THAT MONEY TO COVER THIS PPE THAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR, FOR THE FALL. WHAT THAT'S GOING TO LOOK LIKE. AND IF YOU COULD PROVIDE THAT PLAN FOR US, YOU KNOW, I WOULD APPRECIATE IT.

>>Addison Davis: ABSOLUTELY.

>>Lynn Gray: GOOD QUESTION. AND WE HAVE TO KEEP AN EYE ON ALL THE MONEYS COMING IN AND CERTAINLY THE MONEYS GOING OUT. SO THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ. MEMBER WASHINGTON FOLLOWED BY MEMBER COMBS.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: MR. DAVIS, ARE THEY GIVING YOU THE LEADWAY TO USE THE MONEY TO WHERE YOU WANT TO OR ARE THEY MAKING STIPULATIONS ON IT?

>>Addison Davis: THERE'S CERTAIN CRITERIA THAT WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO USE THAT FUNDING ON. THERE'S A BREAKOUT RELATED TO ADDRESSING THE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT, ADDRESSING PPE, AND ALSO BEING ABLE TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE USE IT FOR -- AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ACCELERATION FOR STUDENTS. HOWEVER WHEN IT RELATES TO THE APR MONEY, WE HAVEN'T SEEN ANY CRITERIA AS OF YET ARE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. SO IF THERE'S ANY ADJUSTMENTS THAT'S GOING TO BE MADE, WE HAVEN'T SEEN. THAT WE DO KNOW WHERE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS ALLOWING US TO USE IT ON ANY COVID EXPENSES, MENTAL HEALTH EXPENSES, TO BE ABLE TO GO AND MARKET, TO RECRUIT STUDENTS TO FURTHER SUPPORT OUR TEACHERS, AND PROVIDE THEM INTERVENTION, MENTAL HEALTH NOT ONLY FOR OUR STUDENTS, FOR OUR EMPLOYEES AS WELL, ANY COVID EXPENSES RELATED TO PPE, ALL THOSE TYPES OF THINGS WILL BE ABLE TO LEVERAGE TO USE THAT FUNDING.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: THAN K YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER COMBS.

>>Nadia Combs: AND I HAD A QUESTION. IS THERE A TIMELINE? ARE THEY GIVING US A TIMELINE OF HOW LONG WE HAVE TO SPEND THAT MONEY?

>>Addison Davis: THROUGH THE CHAIR, THERE WAS A TIMELINE OF SEPTEMBER 2021, IT WAS EXTENDED FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. HOWEVER, THERE WAS A REBUTTAL LETTER SENT FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, THAT SAID THAT THAT DEADLINE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO BE EXTENDED TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS. WE HAVE YET TO HEAR A RESPONSE FROM THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ON THAT. WE HAVE BEEN SCROUNGING TRYING TO -- FOR US, WE NEED THAT MONEY IN SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS SO WE HAVE TO KIND OF A PLAN READY TO EXPAND AND EXTEND ESSER 2 DOLLARS IMMEDIATELY ON A NUMBER OF ELIGIBLE EXPENSES. BUT WE ARE STILL WAITING TO HEAR IF THAT TIMELINE IS GOING TO BE MOVED BACK AS ORIGINATED FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.

>>Nadia Combs: ONE LAST COMMENT. SINCE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT COVID AND THE GUIDELINES AND I KNOW THAT YOU AND THE TEAM ARE WORKING ON THAT, TO JUST REALLY THINK ABOUT WHEN THE KID ARE VACCINATED WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE WITH THE QUARANTINE LOOKS LIKE FOR OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL, UPPER MIDDLE SCHOOL AND OBVIOUSLY ALL OUR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, JUST TO SEE, WHAT OTHER DISTRICTS AROUND THE STATE ARE DOING, OBVIOUSLY AROUND THE COUNTRY AS WELL.

>>Addison Davis: THROUGH THE CHAIR, AND I WILL MAKE CERTAIN THAT I -- AND CORRECT ME, MR. BROWN AND MR. MCAULEY, BUT THOSE WHO WERE VACCINATED WHO COULD COULD PROVE THEY WERE VACCINATED WOULD NOT HAVE TO QUARANTINE.

>>Lynn Gray: AND THOSE ARE VERY GOOD CLARIFICATIONS. I THINK THE SECOND PART OF THAT QUESTION THAT YOU MENTIONED, THE LETTER TO CORCORAN ALSO SAID THE THOUSAND DOLLAR PAYCHECKS FOR TEACHERS WAS ALSO REMARKED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION THAT THOSE MONEYS SHOULD BE GOING TO THE HIGH NEEDS CHILDREN FOR COVID REMEDIATION. THOSE WERE TWO OF THE POINTS. AND I DON'T KNOW, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, IF YOU WANT TO REMARK ON THAT, BUT THE LETTER WAS VERY IMPORTANT IN TERMS OF WHERE OUR MONEY WILL GO, AND WE STILL DON'T KNOW THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT WE REALLY SHOULD GET ACCORDING TO THE FEDERAL AUTHORS VERSUS WHAT WE ARE HEARING. SO --

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM THROUGH THE CHAIR. ONE OF THE QUESTIONS I DID ASK TODAY WAS RELATED TO THOSE FUNDINGS, AND THERE WAS CONCERN THAT THE THOUSAND DOLLARS THAT WAS EXTENDED TO TEACHERS, THE THOUSAND DOLLARS EXTENDED TO THEIR PRINCIPALS, WHETHER OR NOT THAT TOOK MONEY AWAY FROM SCHOOLS SCHOOLS. AND I JUST OPENLY ASKED THE CFO FOR THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, A, WERE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY DOLLARS USED TO BE ABLE TO EXTEND THOSE TYPE OF NOTIFICATIONS OR TO THOSE TEACHERS OR LEADERS?  THE ANSWER THEY SAID IS NO. AND I JUST WANT TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT THE DOLLARS THAT WE ARE RECOUPING AND OBTAINING ALL OF THE DOLLARS THAT WE WERE ORIGINALLY EXPECTED TO RECEIVE, SO THAT WE CAN ADDRESS THE OVERARCHING NEEDS OF OUR STUDENTS. SO IT WAS REFRESHING TO HEAR, NONE OF THE MONEY THAT WE WERE EXPECTED TO GET HAS BEEN TAKEN TO THE SIDE, AND LEVERAGED FOR THE ADDITIONAL THOUSAND DOLLARS. AND THAT WAS TOLD TO ME TODAY. AND I GUESS TIME WILL TELL AS RELATED TO WHETHER OR NOT ANY ADJUSTMENTS WILL BE MADE.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU FOR THE TRANSPARENCY. OKAY, BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND HEAR .01, A PUBLIC HEARING FOR RECOMMENDED INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS FOR DIGITAL DESIGN, FASHION, TELEVISION PRODUCTION, AND WORLD LANGUAGES. AND I BELIEVE THIS WILL BE PRESENTED -- LET ME GO AHEAD AND READ THE FORMALITIES. 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 MATERIALS 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 MATERIAL. MR. CONNOR, WILL YOU NOW DO US THE PLEASURE OF SHARING THE INFORMATION? THANK YOU.

>>Terry Connor: GOOD AFTERNOON SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT AND 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 ITEM AND INCLUDES MATERIALS FOR DIGITAL DESIGN, FASHION, TELEVISION PRODUCTION, AND THESE MATERIALS HAVE BEEN REVIEWED BY ADOPTION COMMITTEE AND RECOMMENDED FOR ADOPTION. THE 20 DAY PUBLIC REVIEW OF THE RECOMMENDED MATERIALS AND A PUBLIC HEARING IS REQUIRED BEFORE THE VOTE, CAN VOTE FOR THE ADOPTION. THE PUBLIC REVIEW REQUIRES THAT THE DISTRICT PROVIDE DIGITAL ACCESS TO THE RECOMMENDED MATERIALS BE ON THE DISTRICT WEBSITE. THE PUBLIC REVIEW WAS CONDUCTED BEGINNING ON JUNE 22ND AND ENDING ON JULY 12, 2021. THE PUBLIC REVIEW THIS EVENING IS TO PROVIDE THE OPPORTUNITY FORTUNATE 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 REGULARLY SCHEDULED BOARD MEETING ON JULY 27, 2021. AT THIS TIME YOU MAY CALL FOR PUBLIC COMMENT.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MR. CONNOR. DO WE HAVE ANYONE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK FOR THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE ADOPTION OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS? SEEING NONE, I WILL NOW CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING. (SOUNDING GAVEL) LET'S GO AHEAD RIGHT NOW AND GET INTO THE DISCUSSION AGENDA. AND I BELIEVE WE ARE AT 3.01. DISCUSSION AGENDA. 3.071. MENTAL HEALTH PLAN FOR THE USE OF MENTAL HEALTH ASSISTANCE ALLOCATION. AND SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM. MEMBER VAUGHN, YOU PULLED THE ITEM SO WE WILL ASK YOU TO ASK THE QUESTION OR COMMENT. I ALSO HAVE A COMMENT. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS.

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM THROUGH THE CHAIR. 3.071 IS OUR MENTAL HEALTH FLAN WE RECEIVE FUNDING FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. THIS ORIGINATED AFTER 2018, THE SELMON DOUGLAS SCHOOL SAFETY ACT WHICH STARTED PUTTING A NUMBER OF DOLLARS INTO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TO TRULY HELP FROM A MENTAL HEALTH PERSPECTIVE. WE ARE TRIED BRING THIS PLAN TO THE BOARD ANNUALLY TO PROVIDE INITIATIVES, TARGETS AND OBJECTIVES. AND WHAT THIS DOES IS THIS PLAN, WE GET AROUND 8 .$7 MILLION TO OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, AND AROUND 984,000 OF THOSE DOLLARS OF CHARTER SCHOOLS PUT US AROUND $7.7 MILLION BUDGET TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS AND DELIVER A HIGH SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH ASSISTANCE WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT TO BE ABLE TO LOOK AT EVIDENCE-BASED MATERIALS, CONTENT, TO LOOK AT INTERVENTION, TO BE ABLE TO TREAT STUDENTS, AT THE SAME TOKEN TO BE ABLE TO HAVE SERVICES. WE GO FURTHER ON TO BE ABLE TO USE IN THIS PLAN TO PROVIDE ONGOING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TO OUR TEACHERS FOR EARLY DETECTION AND RESPONDING TO MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES THAT STUDENTS MAY BE STRUGGLING WITH, AND WE LOOK AT BEING ABLE TO ADDRESS RISK FACTORS BEING ABLE TO TRAIN OUR YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH, SAY INFORMED AND HELP WITH SUICIDE IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORMAT. THEM ALLOWS US TO HAVE TIERED CURRICULUM TO HELP US TO PROVIDE ONGOING ACCESSIBILITY TO STUDENTS TORMENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS, FOR POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT AND ALSO BEING ABLE TO ADOPT AND IMPLEMENT SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL LEARNING CURRICULUMS WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. THIS IS ALSO A WAY FOR US TO SHOW HOW WE HAVE GREATER ALIGNMENT WITH OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT RELATED TO DAY CARE, ALSO LOOKING AT TAMPA BAY CRISIS, DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, WHICH IS ONGOING SUPPORTS TO FURTHER HELP OUR STUDENTS AND DEFINITELY THOSE WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO APPROVE ITEM 3.01. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER VAUGHN, A SECOND BY MEMBER PEREZ. AND AT THIS TIME, WILL THERE BE DISCUSSION? MEMBER VAUGHN, YOU PULLED THE ITEM.

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU MS. BROWN FOR SITTING WITH ME REGARDING THIS ITEM AND SPENDING A LOT OF TIME ANSWERING MY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS. SOME ITEMS I PULLED BECAUSE I HAVE QUESTIONS AND SOME I JUST WANT TO HIGHLIGHT AND I AM REALLY GLAD TO SEE THAT A LOT OF THE FUNDS ARE ACTUALLY BEING ALLOCATED TO STAFF AND PERSONNEL AND PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO INTERACTED WITH OUR STUDENTS AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE PROVIDING THE MENTAL HEALTH. SO I JUST ENCOURAGE PEOPLE IF THEY ARE CURIOUS MR. HOW THIS BREAKDOWN IS SINCE WE HAVE ATTACHED IT TO THE AGENDA ITEM TO GO TO THE AGENDA ITEM AND SPECIFICALLY LOOK AT PAGES 9 AND THAN 10 BECAUSE THEY DO A REALLY NICE JOB OF BREAKING DOWN HOW WE PLAN TO SPEND THIS MONEY. AND AGAIN I APPRECIATE THAT WE ARE SPENDING IT ON STAFF RIGHT NOW. UNFORTUNATELY THIS IS A YEARLY THING, THAT THE STATE MAY NOT RENEW. SO AS FAR AS I UNDERSTAND, WE HAVE CONTRACT WITH MANY OF THESE EMPLOYEES WHERE MONEY IS NO LONGER MADE AVAILABLE TO THE SAFETY, THEY WILL TRANSITION TO SOMEWHERE ELSE, BUT AGAIN I AM GLAD TO SEE THIS IS REALLY HELPING TO EMPLOY PEOPLE IN OUR DISTRICT, AND PUT PEOPLE IN FRONT OF OUR STUDENTS WHO NEED IT THE MOST. THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO SAY. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN. MEMBER PEREZ. MEMBER PEREZ, I'M SORRY.

>>Karen Perez: I HAVE TO UNMUTE MYSELF. AS I UNDERSTAND IT'S MENTAL HEALTH FOR OUR STUDENTS WAS REALLY HIGHLIGHTED IN 2018 AND BROUGHT TO THE SURFACE. BUT I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THIS. AS WE CAN SEE, IT DEMONSTRATES THAT OUR CHARTER SCHOOLS RECEIVE PART OF THIS MONEY. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE CHARTER SCHOOLS DO NOT HAVE THE STAFF FOR THE STUDENTS? DO THEY STILL RECEIVE THIS MONEY IF THEY DON'T HAVE THE STAFF TO PROVIDE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES TO THE STUDENTS?

>>Addison Davis: THROUGH THE CHAIR, THEY DO GET THEIR PORTION OF THE DOLLARS BUT THEY ARE EXPECTED TO BE ABLE TO SUBMIT A PLAN AS WELL THAT REALLY IDENTIFIES THE COORDINATION OF EVERY DOLLAR AND EVERY CENT. IF THEY DO NOT USE THEIR DOLLARS, MY UNDERSTANDING, THAT ADDITIONAL DECLARATION WILL GO BACK TO THE STATE. HOWEVER, THEY HAVE TO BE ABLE TO HAVE AN APPROVED PLAN THAT WE REVIEW, AT THE SAME TOKEN THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION REVIEWS AS WELL.

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER PEREZ? OKAY.

>>Karen Perez: WE DID NOTICE THAT THE CHARTER SCHOOLS THAT WE REVIEWED APPEAR DID NOT HAVE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR THEIR STUDENTS.

>>Lynn Gray: OKAY. THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ. MY QUESTION, AND I MIGHT HAVE TO GO TO MS. BROWN. WHEN WE LOOK AT PAGE 3, AND I KNOW WE WENT OVER THIS, BUT I THINK IT DOES BEAR REMARKING ON. WE HAVE ON THE STONEMAN DOUGLAS AGREEMENT, SO TO SPEAK, CHRONICALLY VIOLENT OR DISRUPTIVE, EXPELLED DUE TO POSITIVE EGGS SESSION OF FIREARMS, STUDENTS WHO HAVE MADE THREATS AGAINST THE SCHOOL, BUT I DO NOT KNOW WHY -- AND THIS CAN BE ASKED ALSO WITH ANOTHER PROGRAM THAT WE WILL GET INTO LATER -- WHY WE ARE NOT INCLUDING STUDENTS, CHILDREN WHO HAVE THE ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES, WHEN WE LOOK AT COVID, WE KNOW THAT CHILDREN HAVE HAD MANY CASES OF ACE, ABUSE, NEGLECT, PHYSICAL SITUATIONS LIKE HUNGER, SUBSTANCE ABUSE IN THE FAMILY. THERE ARE JUST SO MANY -- SO MANY CRISES, TRAUMATIC CRISES THAT HAVE OCCURRED AND ARE DEFINITELY COMING TO LIGHT BECAUSE OF COVID. WHY WE HAVEN'T DELINEATED THE STUDENTS, THE CHILDREN OF ALL OF THESE MALADIES. AND MS. BROWN, I KNOW THAT THIS WAS ALREADY AGREED IN 2018, THE MARJORIE STONEMAN, WE KNOW THAT, BUT CAN YOU REMARK -- BECAUSE THIS IS GOING TO COME OUT AGAIN -- ON ANY MENTAL HEALTH AVENUE WE DISCUSS? THANK YOU.

>>Tracye Brown: THANK YOU, MRS. GRAY. I APPRECIATE THAT COMMENT BECAUSE, YES, INCIDENTS AND EXPERIENCES REALLY DO IMPACT OUR CHILDREN, AND IT AFFECT THEIR MENTAL HEALTH. SO WE DO WANT TO ADDRESS IT. WHAT YOU SEE STATED ON PAGE 3 IS SIMPLY THE REQUIREMENT BY THE STATE. WE DO GO BEYOND THAT. SO WHENEVER WE RECOGNIZE THAT A STUDENT HAS STRUGGLED OR HAS EXPERIENCE IN ADVERSE EVENTS IN THEIR LIVES, WE DO ADDRESS THAT. SO THESE ARE ALSO WIDELY PARTNERED WITH AGENCIES LIKE DOCO AND PARTNER WITH SUCCESS FOR STUDENTS AND FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES. BECAUSE THEY ADDRESS THOSE NEEDS THAT ARE IMPACTING STUDENTS, THAT HAVE HAD NEGATIVE EXPERIENCES. SO WE ABSOLUTELY ADDRESS THAT. IT'S JUST THAT IN THIS PARTICULAR DOCUMENT, THIS IS WHAT THE STATE REQUIRES. AND THIS IS A MINIMUM. AND WE DO GO BEYOND THAT.

>>Melissa Snively: AND THAT'S GOOD TO.

>>Lynn Gray: AND THAT'S GOOD TO KNOW. JUST THE VOCABULARY HAS TO BE MORE INCLUSIVE OF THE DIAGNOSTIC, THE TRAUMA, CHILDREN WITH TRAUMA. SO THAT'S THE POINT I WANTED TO MAKE. AND I THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, WE NEED A MOTION. WE HAVE OUR MOTION. WE NEED TO VOTE -- WELL, WE HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER WASHINGTON, SECOND BY MEMBER COMBS. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. IT'S YAY FOR EVERYONE. AND MEMBER PEREZ, THAT'S A YES? THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT. MOVING ON, WE GO TO THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM. AND THIS REVOLVES AROUND 4.02. AND THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. WE ARE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND ASK FOR HIGHLIGHTS OF THE STUDENT TEACHER PARTNERSHIP AFFILIATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN FLORIDA AGRICULTURAL AND MECHANICAL UNIVERSITY, FAMU, TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND MEMBER VAUGHN PULLED THIS ITEM. MR. DAVIS? SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, HIGHLIGHT.

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM. THIS IS A WAY, A STRATEGY TO GROW LONGER STRONGER BEVERAGE OF TEACHER EDUCATORS WITHIN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TO BEING ABLE TO HAVE AND DEVELOP A PARTNERSHIP WITH FAMU, AND CREATE A PATHWAY FOR THEIR STUDENTS TO CREATE THEIR STUDENT TEACHING INTERNSHIPS IN OUR DISTRICT, IT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR. WE CONTINUE TO HAVE THAT PATHWAY WITH LOCAL UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES. WE ARE TRYING TO EXPAND THIS. AND WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO GET INDIVIDUALS EXCITED ABOUT THIS PROCESS. WE OPENLY HAVE TO DO A BETTER JOB CREATING THESE PATHWAYS IN OUR HIGH SCHOOL AND START TO GET EXPOSED INTERNALLY AND EARLIER AGE, BUT THIS IS JUST A GREAT INITIATIVE AND HATS OFF TO MONICA, SHE'S NOT HERE TODAY, BUT A GOOD MOVEMENT TO BUILD TEACHER EDUCATORS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO APPROVE ITEM C-4.02. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER WASHINGTON, A SECOND BY MEMBER VAUGHN. ANY DISCUSSION? MEMBER VAUGHN WILL BE FIRST. MEMBER VAUGHN.

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU, CHAIRWOMAN GRAY. AGAIN, I JUST WANTED TO DO A QUICK HIGHLIGHT. I KNOW THAT WE SPEND A LOT OF TIME TALKING ABOUT OUR SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE, AND PART OF THE CONVERSATION IS HOW DO WE GET REFLECTIVE STAFF MEMBERS, TEACHERS THAT LOOK LIKE THE STUDENTS IN OUR SCHOOLS. SO BY PARTNERING WITH TRADITIONAL BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT AND I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT THIS RELATIONSHIP TO SHOW THAT WE ARE FOCUSING ON MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE DIVERSITY IN OUR CLASSROOMS.

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

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: ALL I CAN SAY IS GREAT. THIS IS A GREAT MOVE, THE HISTORICAL BLACK COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY, FAMU. I KNOW MY WIFE IS REAL HAPPY. BUT IT'S A GREAT MOVE BECAUSE WE NEED DIVERSITY IN THE SCHOOLS. AND I REALLY APPRECIATE THIS. I REALLY DO.

>>Lynn Gray: AND WE ALSO HAVE THAT, MEMBER WASHINGTON, IN OUR AFRICAN AMERICAN FORUM, WE HAVE FAMU INVOLVEMENT WITH TEACHER DEVELOPMENT AND RECRUITMENT.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: EXAC TLY RIGHT.

>>Lynn Gray: THEY ARE VERY VIGOROUS AND INTENTIONAL FOR DIVERSITY.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: AND WE HAVE TO FACE REALITY. WE HAVE THE PUT PEOPLE IN FRONT OF THEME LOOK LIKE THEM. THAT'S IMPORTANT. AND I WAS FORTUNATE BECAUSE I WENT TO ALL BLACK SCHOOLS SO IT WASN'T A PROBLEM. BUT NOW -- BECAUSE I DON'T THINK OUR STUDENT POPULATION REFLECTS INSTRUCTORS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. SO THIS WILL BE A GREAT HELP AND GREAT DEAL. HOPEFULLY IT WILL BE A SUCCESS. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER WASHINGTON. BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. ALL IN FAVOR? MEMBER PEREZ? THANK YOU. 5.01, STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, IF YOU WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM. AND I HAD JUST A LITTLE BIT OF A COMMENT.

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM. THIS IS A STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT TO INFORM OUR STUDENTS AND PARENTS OF THEIR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES AND HOW THEY WILL INTERACT IN A POSITIVE MANNER AND RELATED TO DETAILS WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. OUR STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT ALIGNS WITH STATE AND FEDERAL POLICY AS LONG WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES, AND JUST TRULY GETS TO THE POINT THAT REALLY DEFINES OVERALL INTERACTION WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. THIS IS ALL ABOUT PREVENTION, INTERVENTION, TO BE ABLE TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE FOCUS ON CREATING A CULTURE OF RESPECT, AND ALSO A CULTURE OF TRUST, COLLABORATION, WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. WE HAVE DONE A REALLY NICE JOB THIS YEAR OF WORKING AND EXPANDING OUR TASK FORCE TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS AND INTERACT WITH THIS CODE OF CONDUCT AND BE ABLE TO MAKE SURE IT IS TRULY PROGRESSIVE TOP BE ABLE TO FURTHER SUPPORT OUR SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS AND THE WORKING CONDITIONS OF OUR ADULTS AS WELL.

>>Lynn Gray: IF I CAN JUST FOLLOW UP, AND LET ME GO AHEAD AND BE IN THE CORRECT QUEUE BEFORE I FOLLOW UP, BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER COMBS AND A SECOND BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. ANY DISCUSSION? LET ME GO AHEAD AND JUST SAY ONE THING HERE. FIRST OFF, I WANTED TO THANK THE STUDENT CODE OF CONSEQUENCE DUCT COMMITTEE. THEY HAVE RESPONDED WITH GREAT AFFIRMATION, AND I JUST GAVE THIS TERM RESTORATIVE JUSTICE, FOR OUR STUDENTS. SO WHEN YOU ADOPT PROGRAMS SUCH AS THE LEADER IN ME, OR THE PBIS, POSITIVE BEHAVIOR INCENTIVE SUPPORT SYSTEM, USF, WHAT YOU ARE REALLY DOING -- AND THIS GOES TO MEMBER WASHINGTON AND TO YOUR CONCERNS -- THE DISPROPORTIONALITY OF SUSPENSION FOR BLACK STUDENTS. WHEN WE FACE IT HEAD ON WITH STRATEGIES THAT WILL DEVELOP OR MITIGATE THE ABSOLUTE DIRECT SUSPENSION RATE AND GIVE THE CHILDREN STRATEGIES TO PREVENT THEMSELVES FROM GET BEING INTO THAT PIPELINE, I DEFINITELY THINK WITH STATE ATTORNEY ANDREW WARREN, WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE NOT IN THAT PARADIGM WHERE WE AUTOMATICALLY SUSPEND STUDENTS. SO I JUST WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU, BECAUSE THERE IS A DELIBERATE INTENTIONALITY -- AND I THINK YOU ALL ARE MEETING IN THE SUNSHINE -- ARE YOU MEETING WITH THEM?

>> AGREE. WE CONTINUE MEETING WITH BOTH THE NAACP AND THE SUNSHINE COALITION.

>>Lynn Gray: AND ARE THEY RECOGNIZING WHAT YOU ALL ARE DOING?

>> THEY ARE AND THEY ARE VERY SUPPORTIVE AND HAD MEMBERS ON THE COMMITTEE AS WELL SO WE HAVE TAKEN SEVERAL RECOMMENDATIONS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT.

>>Lynn Gray: I HOPE THEY WILL FIND A TIME THAT THEY CAN COME TO THE PODIUM AND SHARE THEIR COMMENTS BECAUSE WE WANT TO HEAR WHAT WE ARE DOING IS NOT ONLY YAY, WE ARE DOING IT, BUT IT'S WORKING. SO THAT'S WHAT I WANTED TO SAY, THAT WE OPENLY ARE COMMITTED TO RESTORATIVE JUSTICE. AND I THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK. AND JOSHUA CRYSTAL AND KATRINA HUDSON FOR HANDLING THIS. WE HAVE A COMMENT BOARD MEMBER SNARK.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: ONE COMMENT. I WANT TO THANK YOU, TOO, BECAUSE BEING A FORMER ADMINISTRATOR, SOME OF THE PROBLEMS WE HAVE IS DISRESPECT. THAT'S ONE OF THE LARGEST ONES THAT WE HAVE. BECAUSE WHO DEFINES DISRESPECT? IT'S IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER. I THINK IT'S REALLY GOOD THAT YOU HAD TAKEN OUT DISRESPECT. SO I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THAT.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU MEMBER WASHINGTON. BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. ALL IN FAVOR, AND MEMBER PEREZ? I RAISED YOUR HAND FOR YOU. THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ. OKAY. LET'S GO TO THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM. THIS IS 6.01. ADOPTION AND PURCHASE OF RECOMMENDED INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS FOR ELEMENTARY ART, ELEMENTARY MUSIC, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL DEVELOPMENTAL LANGUAGE ARTS AND MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, IF YOU WILL MAKE THE HIGHLIGHT, AND I HAVE TWO BOARD MEMBERS THAT PULLED THE ITEM. MEMBER VAUGHN AND MEMBER COMBS. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS.

>>Addison Davis: AS YOU KNOW, WE ARE ON AN ADOPTION CYCLE FOR CERTAIN CONTENT AND MATERIALS WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, AND RIGHT NOW ELEMENTARY ART, ELEMENTARY MUSIC, MIDDLE HIGH SCHOOL, DEVELOPMENTAL LANGUAGE ARTS AND MIDDLE HIGH SCHOOL, ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS DEVELOPMENT ARE MATERIALS IN THE ADOPTION PROCESS. WE ALWAYS GO AND LEVERAGE THE KNOWLEDGE OF OUR TEACHERS IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. THEY HAVE IDENTIFIED CORE CURRICULUM THEY WANT TO BE ABLE TO USE AND IMPLEMENT. SUPPLEMENTAL WITHIN OUR DISTRICT. APP I HAD AN $1.8 MILLION TO BE EXPENDED. THIS DOLLAR AMOUNT WILL BE LEVERAGED THROUGH INSTRUCTIONAL EARLY TO, CATEGORICAL DOLLARS, WHICH THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION GIVES US DOLLARS TO PURCHASE MATERIALS, AND THIS WILL BE ABLE TO USE THOSE DOLLARS TO BE ABLE TO IMPLEMENT AND ACCEPT AND EMBRACE THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF OUR TEACHERS WITHIN OUR SCHOOLS.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. MEMBER VAUGHN AND MEMBER COMBS. MEMBER VAUGHN, WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE A REMARK?

>> I WILL LET MEMBER COMBS GO FIRST IF YOU DON'T MIND.

>>Lynn Gray: WE ARE NOT GOING TO SLIP FLITCH A COIN.

>> MY QUESTIONS WERE ANSWERED ON THIS SO I PULLED IT AND THEN MY QUESTIONS WERE ANSWERED SO I DON'T HAVE ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS ON THAT. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU MEMBER COMBS. MEMBER VAUGHN?

>>Jessica Vaughn: SO I WANTED TO USE THIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY. WE ALREADY HAD A PUBLIC HEARING ON THIS IN THE LAST MEETING. SO MEMBERS. COMMUNITY DO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO COME DURING THESE ADOPTION PROCESS AND ASK QUESTIONS AND ENGAGE.  WE JUST HAD ANOTHER ONE TODAY. SO I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT THAT WE DID HAVE A PUBLIC HEARING ON THAT. THERE IS ALSO A COMMITTEE THAT'S PUT TOGETHER IN ORDER FOR THIS ADOPTION PROCESS. I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE THE PUBLIC KNEW THAT. THIS IS ALSO A COMMITTEE THAT'S GONE THROUGH THE PROCESS OF ADOPTING THIS. THE QUESTION THAT I THINK I WASN'T ABLE TO GET ANSWERED WAS, WILL THIS ONLY BE -- IS THIS ADOPTION ONLY UNTIL THE NEW STANDARD COME OUT? DO THE NEW STANDARD ALSO AFFECT THE ART AND THE MUSIC?  OR ARE THOSE JUST ACADEMIC?

>> CURRENTLY WE ARE ONLY ADOPTING MASKS AND ELA FOR THE BEST STANDARDS AND THEN WE WILL ALSO BE UPDATING THE CIVIC STANDARDS IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS.

>>Jessica Vaughn: HOW LONG DONG WE EXPECT TO UTILIZE THIS ADOPTION FOR THESE MATERIALS SPECIFICALLY?

>> SPECIFICALLY WITH ART AND MUSIC, WE WON'T SEE AT LEAST FOR ANOTHER FOUR YEARS ON THE ADOPTION CYCLE, NOW THEY CAN CHANGE THAT, BUT WE HAVE FOUR YEARS UNTIL WE REACH THAT ADOPTION CYCLE. WITH OUR ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT COURSES, THEY ARE NOT NECESSARILY ON AN ADOPTION CYCLE BUT WE TYPICALLY DO THAT WITH ELA, AND SO WE WILL -- WE JUST DID THAT THIS YEAR SO WE ARE CONTINUING THAT PROCESS WITH THESE FOLKS AS WELL.

>>Jessica Vaughn: I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE SEE THE PRICE TAG AND THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE ARE GOING UTILIZE -- FOUR YEARS.

>>Terry Connor: FOUR YEARS.

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

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN. MEMBER PEREZ? OKAY? NOTHING? ALL RIGHT. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON.

>> WE NEED A MOTION FIRST.

>>Jim Porter: WE DON'T HAVE A MOTION.

>>Lynn Gray: I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND. MOTION BY MEMBER WASHINGTON AND SECOND BY MEMBER COMBS. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. ALL IN FAVOR? AND MEMBER PEREZ? OKAY, THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT. WE ARE GOING TO MOVE ON. 6.03. PURCHASE OF ADOPTED INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS FOR MIDDLE AND SECONDARY READING GAP HERE, 2021 TO 2022. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS WILL HIGHLIGHT. MEMBER COMBS PULLED THE ITEM. SO SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS.

>>Addison Davis: AS NOW LAST MONTH WE IDENTIFIED TIER 1 FOR READING FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES OF 6-12 TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS STUDENTS WHO ARE LEVEL 1 AND LEVEL 2, IDENTIFIED ON THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT EDUCATION ACCOUNTABILITY FSA SYSTEM. THIS IS SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS THAT WAS ORIGINALLY ADOPTED IN 2018 WITHIN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AS AN ADDITIONAL SUPPLEMENT MATERIAL TO FURTHER ADDRESS TIER 2 AND 3 SERVICES FOR OUR STUDENTS. WHAT THIS INITIATIVE DOES IS IT REALLY COMES ON BOARD TO FURTHER SUPPORT IN INSTRUCTIONAL INSTRUCTION FOR OUR STUDENTS THAT IS TRULY FOCUSED ON FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS, WORD RECOGNITION, PHRASES, AT THE SAME TIME FLUENCY, VOCABULARY, ALL ELEMENTS TO MAKE SURE THAT CHILDREN HAVE A COMPREHENSIVE UNDERSTANDING AND INTERACTION WITH TEXT. WHAT WE DO IS WE KNOW THIS IS A PLATFORM THAT'S SUPPOSED TO BE USED FROM A DIGITAL PERSPECTIVE FROM 45 TO 60 MINUTES PER WEEK, AND ALSO WILL BE USED IN READING CATEGORICAL FUNDING WHICH IS AROUND $200,000 TO BE ABLE TO CREATE THIS PURCHASE. AND CATEGORICAL IS AULT ABOUT STRENGTHENING THE READING PROCESS, AND THIS IS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY AS A GAP HERE TO CONTINUE TO HELP US, BECAUSE THE FOLLOWING YEAR WE WILL BE ABLE TO LOOK AT ADDITIONAL RESOURCES, AND DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT IT ALIGNED, WHETHER IT TRULY MOVED THE NEEDLE. BECAUSE WHEN THIS WAS ADOPTED IN JULY 2018, WE HAD ANALYTICAL DATA TO RETURN TO FSA. OKAY.

>>Lynn Gray: YOU DONE GOOD, RIGHT? [ LAUGHTER ] THANKS. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER COMBS, SECOND BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. AND WE WILL HAVE OUR COMMENTS AT THIS TIME. MEMBER COMBS.

>>Nadia Combs: MY QUESTION IS NOT NECESSARILY ABOUT BRIGHT FISH BUT JUST IN GENERAL REGARDING OUR ONLINE PROGRAM. SO I REALLY WOULD LIKE TO SEE OR REQUEST TO SEE EVERY ONLINE PROGRAM THAT IS BEING UTILIZED IN EVERY SCHOOL AND MAYBE THREE OR FIVE YEARS PRIOR, THE USE OF IT, THE COST OF IT. I REALLY WANT AN ANALYSIS OF ALL THESE ONLINE PROGRAMS. AND I KNOW THAT KID ARE LEARNING OFTEN ONLINE, BUT WE ALL KNOW AS EDUCATORS THAT YOU CAN'T -- THE LOVE OF LEARNING COMES THROUGH A BOOK OR THROUGH A TEACHER. THAT'S HOW WE REALLY GET THAT. AND WE REALIZE THAT. AND THERE IS A NEED FOR ONLINE PROGRAMS. I AM NOT SAYING THERE'S NOT. I JUST FEEL LIKE WE ARE PURCHASING A LOT OF PROGRAMS. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO USE? ARE WE NOT USING? I THINK IT'S OFTEN SKEWED WHEN YOU SEE A PRETEST AND POST TEST BECAUSE THERE'S TEACHING GOING ON IN BETWEEN THAT. SO THAT IS NOT ALWAYS LIKE INDICATIVE OF HOW WELL REVIEWING THAT PROGRAM. SO WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DID FROM YOU, SUPERINTENDENT, AND FROM ACADEMIC SERVICES, IS TO START THINKING NOW AND LOOKING BACK AT THE PRIOR, BEFORE YOU CAME ONBOARD AND AS YOU COME ONBOARD TO REALLY ANALYZE EACH OF THESE PROGRAMS, ARE KIDS USING THEM IN THE CLASSROOM, HOW OFTEN IN THE CLASSROOM ARE THEY USING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM? AND THE KIDS WHO ARE NOT USING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM, IS IT BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE AVAILABILITY OF COMPUTERS? WHAT DO WE NEED TO HAVE DO? BECAUSE I THINK IDEALLY WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE SOME OF THESE ONLINE PROGRAMS BEING USED BEFORE SCHOOL OR AFTER SCHOOL, AND THEN POSSIBLY ONCE IN A WHILE DURING A CLASSROOM, BUT DURING CLASSROOM IT REALLY SHOULD BE FOCUSED ON WHOLE GROUP DESTRUCTION AND THAT SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTION THAT WE ARE USING. SO AS I SEE MORE AND MORE PROGRAMS, THAT'S MY CONCERN, BECAUSE I THINK ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG BOYS. I THINK WE NEED THINGS THAT ARE MORE HANDS-ON AND COMPUTERS AND THINGS THAT DON'T ENGAGE KIDS, WE KIND OF LOSE CHILDREN THAT WAY. SO THAT WAS KIND OF MY QUESTION AND MY COMMENT.

>>Lynn Gray: WELL SAID, MEMBER COMBS. MEMBER VAUGHN?

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU. I DID NOT PULL THIS ITEM. HOWEVER, I HAVE A SIMILAR COMMENT TO MEMBER COMBS. BECAUSE I AM CONCERNED ABOUT HOW MANY COMPUTERS SOFTWARE PROGRAMS WE ARE PURCHASING. JUST EVERY MILLION THAT WE SPEND ON EVERY COMPUTER SOFTWARE PROGRAM COULD EQUAL 15 TO 20 EMPLOYEES, STAFF MEMBERS IN THE CLASSROOM. FOR THIS ONE SPECIFICALLY, I KNOW THAT IS A GAP YEAR SO WE ARE ONLY ANTICIPATING TO USE THIS FOR ONE YEAR, BECAUSE OF THE SHORTAGE BETWEEN WHAT THE STATE HAD DECIDED AND WHAT WE HAD ADOPTED. I GUESS MY QUESTION IS, WHAT'S AFTER THIS? WHEN THIS GAP YEAR IS DONE ARE WE NO LONGER UTILIZING THIS PROGRAM IN THE SAME WAY? ARE WE SUPPLEMENTING SOMETHING AS OPPOSED TO THIS, LIKE WHAT'S AFTER THE GAP WOULD BE MY QUESTION.

>> AFTER THE GAP YEAR AS PART OF OUR ADOPTION COMMITTEE, OUR ADOPTION COMMITTEE ADOPTING LAST YEAR WITH ADDITIONAL MATERIALS BEING ADDED ON.  IN PARTICULAR LEARNING STANDARD, THE BEST STANDARD, SPECIFICALLY THE FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS ADDRESSED IN THEM CALLED OUT AS OPPOSED TO BE TAUGHT TO OUR TIER 23rdAND STUDENTS THAT ARE ENROLLED IN THESE READING COURSES.  THE RT T PART OF THE ROLE OF OUR ADOPTION COMMITTEE AND OUR SECONDARY SUPERVISORS IS TO TAKE A LOOK AT MATERIALS THAT ARE AVAILABLE AND THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO HAVE -- THERE'S SOMETHING TO COVER THOSE FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS FOR THOSE STUDENTS THAT ARE NEEDED. THAT'S THE PLAN MOVING FORWARD ON THE ADOPTION COMMITTEE FOR THE FUTURE YEARS. WE WILL BE MEETING STARTING IN SEPTEMBER. WE HAVE A COMMITTEE CREATED AND THEY WILL CONTINUE THEIR WORK TO CONTINUE DIFFERENT ANXIOUSS BASED UPON THE UPDATED LIST TO ENSURE THAT THERE IS JUST THAT, THAT BALANCE OF TECHNOLOGY WHICH IS IMPORTANT, BUT ALSO IS THE TEACHER LED INSTRUCTION AND FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS. I HOPE I ANSWERED YOUR QUESTION.

>> DOES THE THAT MEAN WE ARE NOT GOING TO SEE RENEWAL OF THIS PROGRAM NEXT YEAR?

>> THAT'S A DECISION THAT THE ADOPTION COMMITTEE CAN CERTAINLY IMPROVE, BUT PART OF ONE OF THEIR CHOICES IN TERMS OF BASED ON -- I CAN'T SAY FOR CERTAIN THAT WE WILL NEVER SEE IT AGAIN. I CAN'T SAY FOR CERTAIN THAT WE WILL SEE IT FOR SURE BECAUSE IT DOES HAVE TO FOLLOW THE PROCESS IN TERMS OF THAT. IN TERMS MUCH ALIGN ITSELF WITH THE FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS STANDARD, YES, IT DOES. IN PARTICULAR FOCUSES ON THE VOCABULARY AND THE WORD ANALYSIS. IT FOCUSES ON FLUENCY WHICH IS OFTEN HARD TO MEASURE ESPECIALLY IN OUR SECOND STUDENTS, READING OUTLOUD AND GETTING THAT RAW DATA FROM KIDS. AND THERE'S KIDS THAT HAVE HISTORICALLY NOT BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN THAT AREA. SO THE PROGRAM DOES PRESENT THAT. SO IT DEFINITELY HAS ITS STRENGTH. IT IS TRULY AN INSTRUCTIVE BASED PROGRAM. IT IS NOT AN ASSESSMENT PROGRAM. OBVIOUSLY IT HAS BUILT-IN ASSESSMENT AND IT TRULY IS MORE INSTRUCTIONAL. BUT IN TERMS OF WHERE WE WILL USE IT IN THE FUTURE IT'S CAN'T ANSWER THAT UNTIL THE COMMITTEE FINALIZES ITS PROCESS. RIGHT NOW WE ARE JUST LOOKING AT THE COMING YEAR.

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

>>Karen Perez: MY CONCERN IS THAT THERE'S A LOT OF -- WELL, ALIGN WITH COVID THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF STUDENTS THAT DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO COMPUTERS AT HOME. AND WHEN WE PROVIDED THEM WITH A COMPUTER TO TAKE HOME, A LOT OF THESE STUDENTS DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO TURN IT ON, DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO REQUEST THE COMPUTER. AND ALSO, TAKE FOR GRANTED THAT A LOT OF -- THEY ALL HAVE IPHONE. WE TAKE FOR GRANTED. THEY DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO ANY TECHNOLOGY, SO WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT PROGRAMS TO HELP OUR STUDENTS READ, THEY ARE AT A DEFICIT BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE FIRST OF ALL TECHNOLOGY. AND THEN THEY ARE BEHIND IN THEIR READING. FOR ME, HAVING MORE PROGRAMS FOR OUR KID IS NOT THE ANSWER. YOU KNOW, FOR ME, IT REALLY IS GETTING THEM THE INSTRUCTION THAT THEY NEED WITH A TEACHER, FACE TO FACE INSTRUCTION. TO BE HONEST WITH YOU. I DON'T THINK MORE TECHNOLOGY IS THE ANSWER. I THINK THE GAP THAT WE ARE SEEING RIGHT NOW WITH OUR STUDENTS, AND PUTTING MORE TECHNOLOGY IN FRONT OF THEM. AS WE SEE, IT'S JUST NOT GOING TO HELP THEM. I AM GOING TO BE HONEST WITH YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ. AND WHAT WE ARE HEARING IS MORE OR LESS A REQUEST IF I CAN USE THE WORD AUDIT ON OUR ONLINE PROGRAMS. I WILL ALSO BE A DEVIL'S ADVOCATE FOR TEACHERS, AND THERE IS WITH ANY PROGRAM, AS WE KNOW, A LEARNING CURVE. SO WHEN WE LOOK AT EDGENUITY, CAMPUS, AS AN EXAMPLE, ACHIEVE 3000, TEACHERS WITH COVID WERE VERY STRESSED, AND TO LEARN ALL THOSE PROGRAMS AND TO REALLY USE THEM WITH FULL FIDELITY WAS A CHALLENGE, AND IT IS A CHALLENGE. SO SHOULD WE GIVE TEACHERS AN EXTRA YEAR TO GET MORE COMFORTABLE? THAT'S A THOUGHT THAT WE MAY WANT TO SHARE. ALSO, DIGITAL PROGRAMS -- AND SOMEONE MY AGE, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT A COMFORTABLE FIT BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, TEACHING IS THE BEST FIT, BEING RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE STUDENTS. AND I THINK WE ALL KNOW THIS. BUT THE REALITY IS COVID HAS HIT US, AND HIT US HARD, AND IT MAY NOT GO A WAIT A MINUTE AND IF WE DON'T HAVE IMMEDIATE RESOURCES FOR THE CHILDREN IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY CAN HAVE IN FRONT OF THEM, THEN WE ARE STIFLING THE POSSIBILITY OF EVEN MORE. AND MORE EDUCATION. AN EXAMPLE -- LET ME MAKE SURE I PRONOUNCE IT. MS. BROWN, HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE THAT? NUSALA. THE FIRST THING YOU SAY IS HOW CAN YOU DO DIGITAL AND PUT SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING WITH A DIGITAL CONCEPT? THAT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. BUT WHAT SHE IS GOING TO TELL YOU, AND SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, IS IT'S TEACHER FIRST. AND ONLY THE DIGITAL IS USED AS AN AMENITY. SO WHEN WE TALK ABOUT -- AND I AM NOT -- YOU HAVE TO KNOW I AM NOT A BIG DIGITAL PERSON, PERIOD. BUT WHEN THERE IS THE REALITIES OF A VIRUS THAT MAY TRANSFER ITSELF INTO ANOTHER WE HAVE, WE DON'T KNOW, WE HAVE TO BE PREPARED. WHERE ARE WE GOING TO BE WITH THE TEACHING PART? WHAT IF THE TEACHERS ARE QUARANTINED, WHAT IF THE KIDS ARE QUARANTINED?  BUT SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, I THINK IT'S WELL VALUED FROM THIS BOARD THAT WE DO HAVE AN AUDIT, THAT WE ARE VERY SENSITIVE NOW BECAUSE WE ARE GETTING ALL THESE HIGH COST DIGITAL PROGRAMS. AND WE ARE GOOD OLD-FASHIONED TEACHER FOLKS. EXCUSE ME, MEMBER WASHINGTON. BUT YOU ARE FROM THE SAME, YOU KNOW, BLEND THAT I CAME FROM. WE KNOW THE GOOD OLD-FASHIONED WAY. SO THIS IS NOT TO SAY TEACHERS FIRST. THAT'S NOT TO SAY THAT AT ALL. BUT IF WE DON'T HAVE BALANCE, IF WE HAVE TOO MUCH OF ONE, THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED. SUPERINTENDENTS DAVIS, WOULD YOU COMMENT?

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM. I ALWAYS SAY THAT TECHNOLOGY WOULD NEVER REPLACE A GREAT TEACHER. WE KNOW THAT TEACHERS NEED TO BE IN FRONT OF OUR STUDENTS. WE ALSO NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHERE OUR STUDENTS ARE FROM A DIGITAL NATIVE PEB PERSPECTIVE WITH ONLINE PLATFORM. WE ALSO NEED TO BE SOPHISTICATED ENOUGH TO OFFER PROGRAMMATIC INITIATIVES THAT STUDENTS CAN ACCESS BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER SCHOOL AND HAVE INDEPENDENT LEARNING TO ALLOW THEM TO GROW. WHEN YOU LOOK AT iReady, ACHIEVE WAS HERE BEFORE I GOT HERE, iReady WAGS HERE BEFORE I GOT HERE, AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT EDGENUITY, EDGENUITY IS A SIGNIFICANT PLATFORM THAT IS NEEDED FOR COURSE RECOVERY AND AT THE SAME TIME REALLY HELPED US IN eLearning. SO WE LOOK AT ALL THESE INITIATIVES. WE KNOW THAT THEY ARE SUPPLEMENTAL TO OUR EDUCATORS. PEOPLE WILL NEVER REPLACE ITSELF. BUT TEACHERS CONTINUES TO BE ABLE TO LEVERAGE THESE RESOURCES TO BE ABLE TO HELP CHILDREN. WE NEED INDEPENDENT PRACTICE FOR STUDENTS. AND TEACHERS HAVE ALL THE TIME TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT, NOT ALL, TO HAVE INDEPENDENT PRACTICE, INSTRUCTIONAL FRAMEWORK, AND THESE RESOURCES REALLY CONTINUE TO HELP COORDINATE THAT SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTION, CREATE THE SPACE FOR TEACHERS TO PULL SMALL GROUPS OF STUDENTS TO BE ALLOW STUDENTS TO HAVE THAT INDEPENDENT PRACTICE. OPENLY, IF YOU LOOK AT -- ALL OF THESE INITIATIVES ARE USED NOT ONLY THROUGHOUT THE STATE BUT NATION AS WELL.  DO WE AGREE WE NEED TO DO AN AUDIT TO SHOW THE PROGRESSION? ABSOLUTELY. ALSO TO DETERMINE THE VALUE. THE ACHIEVE 3000 iReady CAME IN FRONT OF OUR CABINET MEMBERS TO DEFEND WHAT THEY DID THIS YEAR. THEY HAVE TO DEFEND IT. IF THEY CAN'T SHOW PROGRESSION OUR ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY TO NOT TO BRING IT BACK TO THE BOARD. WE HAVE TO PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF OUR CLASSROOMS IN SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL. SO MAKING CERTAIN THAT RETURN ON INVESTMENT TAKES PLACE EVERY DAY. WE'LL GIVE THAT INFORMATION TO YOU, TO EACH YOU HE UP SO YOU CAN INTERACT WITH IT.

>>Lynn Gray: THAT'S AN EXCELLENT ASK. JUST AS A FOLLOW-UP, I ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF A DIGITAL PROGRAM THAT FITS THE NEED AS A RESOURCE WAS THE PHONICS PROGRAM. WE ALL KNOW, WHEN WE HAD THE PHONICS, WHEN DID WE PUT THAT OUT? I THINK IT WAS TWO YEARS AGO, WE HAD SUCH SUCCESS.

>> YES, WE HAD NINE SCHOOLS THAT SUCCESSFUL. SO THERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF A DIGITAL PROGRAM, BUT IT'S USED AS A RESOURCE, AND TEACHERS CAN DEFINITELY HAVE RESULTS IF THEY ARE USED IN CONJUNCTION. YOU KNOW, ALL THE TIME WE KNOW THAT EVEN iReady, A TEACHER IS ALWAYS IN CHARGE OF THE TIME THEY PUT THE CHILD ON THAT COMPUTER. AND THAT'S WHY WE HAVE SUPERVISORS TO CHECK THAT THE TEACHERS ARE NOT PUTTING THE CHILD IN FRONT OF THE COMPUTER THE ENTIRE PERIOD OF TIME. SO, BUT, AGAIN, YOU ARE GOING TO GET THE AUDIT, AND I THINK WITH THOSE COMMENTS THEY ARE VERY WELL SAID AND MEANINGFUL, AND LET'S GO AHEAD AND TAKE A VOTE. OH, MEMBER PEREZ, DID YOU WANT TO GO AHEAD AND SAY ANOTHER COMMENT?

>>Karen Perez: YES. I AM JUST HAVING A PROBLEM WITH THIS, BECAUSE IN DISTRICT 5, THE SCHOOLS ARE, YOU KNOW, NOT DOING WELL. AND IF THESE PROGRAMS WERE WORKING AND SUPPORTING OUR CHILDREN, THEN THE GRADES AT DISTRICT 5 WOULD BE DEMONSTRATING THAT. AND I JUST HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THIS. I DO. YOU KNOW, IN DISTRICT 5, THE SCHOOLS ARE LOWER ECONOMIC AREA, AND, YOU KNOW, RIGHT THERE, THAT SHOULD BE A DEMONSTRATION OF HOW THESE WORK OR DON'T WORK. THE AUDITS SHOULD BE CONDUCTED RIGHT THERE IN DISTRICT 5, WHERE A LOT OF OUR CHILDREN DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY, WHERE A LOT OF OUR STUDENTS, OUR FAMILIES DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE INTERNET. AND THAT'S THEIR GRADES RIGHT THERE IN THAT AREA DEMONSTRATE THAT A LOT OF THIS TECHNOLOGY, A LOT OF THIS ACCESS TO -- IT JUST DOESN'T WORK. I'M SAYING IT. IT MAY WORK IN OTHER AREAS HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. BUT THE AREAS THAT REALLY NEED IT, OUR STUDENTS THAT LIVE IN -- THESE PROGRAMS DO NOT WORK. AND THAN THE STUDENTS ARE BEING LEFT BEHIND.

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

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU. I DO THINK THAT THERE IS A PLACE FOR -- I MEAN, WE ARE ADAPTING, WE ARE GOING TO BE A TECHNOLOGICAL SOCIETY. WE NEED OUR STUDENTS TO UNDERSTAND HOW TO USE TECHNOLOGY. I DON'T THINK ANYONE IS SAYING THAT THERE'S NO PLACE FOR COMPUTER PROGRAMS IN EDUCATION. I THINK THE CONCERN THAT'S VALID IS, NUMBER ONE, WE HAVE TALKED OPENLY ABOUT HOW WE HAVE FINANCIALLY LIMITED RESOURCES. SO I THINK THE CONCERN IS IF WE WERE COULD AFFORD TO USE THESE COMPUTER PROGRAMS AS SUPPLEMENTS WITHOUT COMPROMISING, SPENDING ANY MONEY ON PERSONNEL, IF WE DIDN'T HAVE TO -- AS FAR AS EDUCATION IS CONCERNED, THEN IT WOULDN'T BE A STICKING POINT. I THINK THE CHALLENGE IS THAT WE HAVE TO STAY WITHIN OUR FINANCIAL MEANS. AND I THINK WHAT I AM HEARING FROM BOARD MEMBERS, A MAJORITY OF THEM THAT ARE HERE RIGHT NOW, IS IF WE HAVE TO MAKE A CHOICE BETWEEN PRIORITIZING ACTUAL TEACHER ENGAGEMENT WHERE WE HAVE TEACHERS WHO ARE LEADING THE LESSONS, ENGAGING THE STUDENTS, OR USING COMPUTER PROGRAMS TO SUPPLEMENT THAT, BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME IN THE DAY, ENOUGH RESOURCES AND WE ARE SHORTCHANGING OUR STUDENTS, IT DOESN'T BECOME A SUPPLEMENT, IT BECOMES IN LIEU OF. SO I THINK IF WE WERE IN A DISTRICT AGAIN WHERE WE HAD ENOUGH TIME AND WE HAD ENOUGH RESOURCES TO BUY A MILLION COMPUTER PROGRAMS AND USE THEM AS SUPPLEMENTS, THAT'S FANTASTIC. I THINK 2 CONCERN IS THAT THEY BECOME IN LIEU OF DIRECT INSTRUCTION, AND WE HAD A TEACHER HERE TONIGHT WHO TALKED ABOUT FEELING LIKE THEY HAD TO PUT THEIR STUDENTS ON ACHIEVE SO MUCH THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND THAT IT WASN'T A SUPPLEMENT THAT WAS ENHANCING OR USING DIRECTING THEIR INSTRUCTION, IT WAS MORE IN LOU OF ANOTHER THING I HAVE TO PUT THE KID ON, ANOTHER 15 MINUTES OF iReady, ANOTHER 15 MINUTES OF ACHIEVE 3000 AND THEN IT BECOMES A STRUGGLE WITHIN THE TEACHERS DAY AND ALL THEY HAVE TO DO MAKING SURE THEY GET THEIR STUDENT IN FRONT OF THE COMPUTER PROGRAM ENOUGH TIME TO JUSTIFY THE EXIST SENSE. I DON'T WANT TO COME OFF AS HAVING ME PERSONALLY OR OTHER BOARD MEMBERS SAYING THERE'S NOT A PLACE BUT I THINK WE HAVE TO BE REALISTIC ABOUT THE CHOICES WE ARE MAKING. I THINK ANOTHER PIECE OF THE CONVERSATION THAT MIGHT BE IMPORTANT IS TALKING ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT WE HAVE THE FLEXIBILITY TO USE THESE, BECAUSE IN TALKING TO DR. BROWN THERE WAS A DISCUSSION ABOUT WHETHER TO EARMARK MUCH OF THE SPENDING ONLY TO BE USED IN THAT WAY. I THINK THAT'S ANOTHER THING WE HAVE TO HAVE A ROBUST DISCUSSION ABOUT IS HOW MUCH OF THIS IS OUR DIRECTION, OUR DECISION, HOW MUCH OF THIS IS BEING GUIDED BY THE STATE WHO REALLY WANTS TO UTILIZE THESE PROGRAMS. SO THOSE ARE KIND OF MY THOUGHTS ON THIS. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN. MEMBER WASHINGTON. AND THEN WE ARE GOING TO VOTE.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: I AM LOOKING AT SOMETHING HERE. THE PERCENTAGE OF THE SUCCESS RATE, HOW KIDS ARE IMPROVING OR WHAT?

>>Addison Davis: YES, SIR, THROUGH THE CHAIR. THIS WAS ADOPTED IN JULY 2018. SO THE 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR THERE WAS NO INFORMATION RELATED TO GOING INTO COORDINATION OF SCHOOL YEARS ANNAL LIT TICKS. SYSTEMICALLY THE LAST THREE YEARS.  IN 19207 THERE'S NO DATA. SO 18-20, TO MAKE SURE IF WE CAN GET THAT DATA TO YOU, WE DO SEE WE LOOK AT BEGINNING MIDYEAR, WE DO SEE CLOSE TO 8700 STUDENTS DID MAKE AN INCREASE RELATED TO MOVING THE NEEDLE IN THE COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT, BUT WE CAN GET THAT DATA.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: I DON'T HAVE A PERCENTAGE. SO WE HAVE --

>> THIS DATA IS COMING FROM THE PROGRAM, SO STUDENTS MOVE FROM ONE INSTRUCTIONAL LEVEL UP TO THE NEXT INSTRUCTIONAL LEVEL SO BASED ON THE DATA WITHIN THE PROGRAM, AND THE USES THAT STUDENTS HAVE THIS YEAR, 42% OF STUDENTS MADE INCREASES, AND 40% MAINTAIN THEIR INSTRUCTIONAL LEVEL. SO WE DO SEE -- REMEMBER, THE STUDENTS WHO USE THIS PROGRAM ARE YOUR MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN INTENSIVE READING, VERY STRUGGLING READERS. SO IT PROVIDES THE FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS SKILLS THAT THEY NEED TO GET MORE CAN HAVE DEPARTMENT AND BEING ABLE TO COMPREHEND TEXT, AND SO THIS PROGRAM HELPS WITH THE FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS. AS THEY MOVE INSTRUCTIONAL LEVELS WITHIN THE PROGRAM, THEY ARE BUILDING THEIR COMPREHENSION ALONG THE WAY. NOW, WILL THEY BE PROFICIENT ON THE FSA? MAYBE NOT. BUT AGAIN WE 2021 SEE THE GROWTH OUT OF THESE STUDENTS. THESE STUDENTS, A LOT OF STUDENTS IN THIS PARTICULAR BUCKET HAVE BEEN LEVEL 1, LEVEL 2 STUDENTS THEIR WHOLE CAREER SINCE THE THIRD GRADE, AND THEY MAY BE IN 10th GRADE NOW. THEY ARE WORKING THROUGH THIS PROGRAM BECAUSE IT IS VERY DIFFICULT SOMETIMES FOR TEACHERS IN INTENSIVE READING TEACHER WHO HAS TO TEACH STANDARD AS WELL AS NOW GO BACK AND TEACH FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS TO A CLASS OF 20 TO 25 FIFTH GRADERS. SO THIS PROGRAM, WHEN USED AS A CONTINGENT WITH THE INSTRUCTIONAL FRAME WORKS THAT WE CREATED, FOR INSTANCE, IN READING, A TEACHER CAN TEACH THE STANDARDS FOR THE 10th GRADE FSA AS WELL AS PROVIDE INDEPENDENT PRACTICE FOR STUDENTS TO DO THAT FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS WORK AND THEN CONFERENCE WITH THE TEACH AREA LONG THE WAY TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE MAKING THAT PROGRESS. SO WITHIN THE PROGRAM TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, 42% OF THE STUDENTS HAVE MAID INCREASES WHILE 40 HAVE MAINTAINED, BUT AGAIN THIS IS IN THE YEAR OF COVID SO WE WANT TO CONTINUE TO LOOP THROUGH THIS ONE ADDITIONAL YEAR AS WE GET TO THE ADOPTION ITSELF.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: SO I AM LOOKING AT THIS --

>>Terry Connor: I DO NOT VICE PRESIDENT A BREAKOUT BY DISTRICT ON BRIGHT FISH BUT WEEK PROVIDE THAT TO YOU.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: THAN K YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER WASHINGTON. MEMBER COMBS. AND THEN WE ARE GOING TO VOTE.

>>Nadia Combs: JUST ONE LAST COMMENT. I WANT TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE KNOW I AM GOING TO VOTE FOR THIS BECAUSE I HAVE HEARD FROM TEACHERS THAT THEY DO FIND IT SUCCESSFUL, AND IT IS NOT A HUGE PRICE TAG COMPARED TO SOME OF THESE OTHER ONLINE PROGRAMS. I THINK WE HAVE TONE LOOK IT A COMPARATIVELY WHAT THE ONLINE PROGRAMS ARE, THE OF THEM OVERALL, WHO WE ARE TARGETING, WHAT WE ARE TARGETING. I THINK IF WE BREAK IT DOWN AND REALLY LOOK AT IT, I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE EASIER TO SEE WHICH STUDENTS WE ARE TARGETING, WHAT WE ARE DOING, AND OBVIOUSLY AS WE KNOW, IF I HAVE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, WHAT WOULD I SPEND IT SUMMON WE TALK ABOUT DIFFERENT LEVEL READERS. I READ A BOOK WITH A CHILD LAST WEEK AND I HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT IT ALL WEEK, RIGHT? THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT REALLY DRIVE READING. AND HOW ADOPTION WE GET KIDS TO COMPETE AGAIN? I SAY THIS VERY OFTEN. THERE'S COMPETITION ESPECIALLY ELEMENTARY SCHOOLCHILDREN TO READ BOOKS AND ALL OF THAT. THAT'S REALLY WHAT DRIVES KIDS TO READ. SO I AM NOT GOING TO NOT VOTE FOR IT. I JUST WANT TAMPA AWARENESS OF WHERE ARE WE GOING AND HOW MANY ONLINE PROGRAMS DO WE NEED. AT THE END OF THE DAY I THINK TEACHERS GO INTO TEACHING BECAUSE THEY LOVE CHILDREN AND THEY LOVE THE ART OF TEACHING BECAUSE TEACHING IS TRULY AN ARTICLE. AND IF TEACHERS FEEL LIKE EVERY MINUTE IS SQUARED AWAY ON WHAT THEY HAVE DO DO, WHAT ONLINE PROGRAMMINGS, WE ARE NOT GOING TO GET THOSE PASSIONATE TEACHERS ANYMORE. I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE KEEP THOSE TEACHERS BECAUSE THAT'S WHY THEY GOP INTO TEACHING, RIGHT? AND THAT'S WHAT DRIVES CHILDREN TO MOVE LEVELS.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU MEMBER COMBS. WELL SAID. BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. IT'S UNANIMOUS. OH, SORRY. ONE DISSENTING VOTE WOULD BE FROM MEMBER PEREZ. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. IT PASSES. NEXT WILL BE ITEM 6.05. PURCHASE OF CURRICULUM AND INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION TESTING VOUCHERS FROM CERTIFICATION PARTNERS LLC. SUPERINTENDENTS DAVIS WILL HIGHLIGHT AND MEMBER VAUGHN WILL ASK A QUESTION OR MAKE A COMMENT. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS.

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM. THIS IS FOR THE CONTINUED TO EXPAND OUR ACCESSIBILITY THROUGH CIT TESTING WITHIN OUR PATHWAYS PROGRAM. THESE ARE CERTIFICATION PARTNERSHIP CURRICULUMS AND VOUCHERS AND INTEGRATED CURRICULUM RELATED TO OUR CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION COURSES, AND AS WE KNOW, LAST YEAR WE HAD AROUND 4600 PLUS STUDENTS BEING ABLE TO TAKE CTE VOUCHERS TO BE ABLE TO OBTAIN THEIR CERTIFICATION, AND THIS YEAR AS WE CONTINUE TO EXPAND OUR INITIATIVES FOR OUR STUDENTS, 10% MOVEMENT TO CLOSE TO OVER 5,000 OF OUR VOUCHERS FOR OUR STUDENTS WITHIN OUR PATHWAYS. THIS IS ALL FOR CERTIFIED INTERNET WEB. THIS IS ALL DIRECTLY LINKED TO FOUNDATIONS,ING TOKEN, LOOKING AT DATA ANALYSIS. SO THIS WILL BE TAKING OVER FOR THE MICROSOFT BUNDLES THAT WE CURRENTLY OFFER AND USE AND LEVERAGE THE MONEY FROM OUR CARL B. PERKINS SECONDARY GRANT TO BE ABLE TO PURCHASE THESE VOUCHERS FOR OUR STUDENTS IN CTE.

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER VAUGHN?

>>Jessica Vaughn: ORIGINALLY I HAD SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS, AND THEN YOU ANSWERED THEM. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND I JUST WANTED TO KIND OF LEAVE IT BECAUSE I THINK IT IS --

>>Lynn Gray: I'M SORRY, I FORGOT TO DO THE MOTION. I NEED A MOTION BEFORE WE START DISCUSSING. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND. MOTION BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. AND A MOTION BY MEMBER COMBS. OKEYDOKE. MEMBER VAUGHN.

>>Jessica Vaughn: I THINK IT'S JUST AS IMPORTANT THAT WE HIGHLIGHT IT, THAT THESE TESTS CAN BE EXPENSIVE. THERE'S SOMETHING THAT THEY CAN RACK UP, POTENTIAL LIP A BARRIER, TAKING THE COURSE AND THEN NOT HAVING THE MONEY TO AFFORD TO TAKE THE TEST. I THINK THE FACT THAT WE MAKE AN EFFORT TO GET THESE VOUCHERS EVERY YEAR AND UTILIZE THEM, AND WE HAVE BEEN TOLD THE STUDENT CAN EVEN TAKE THE TEMPERATURE MORE THAN ONCE IF NEEDED WITH THESE VOUCHERS AND WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN TO PROVIDE ACCESS SO THAT STUDENTS WHO TAKE THESE CLASSES CAN THEN BEFORE THEY TAKE THE TEST AND TAKE THE TEST AND WALK AWAY WITH A CERTIFICATION. SO I JUST THOUGHT IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT WE HIGHLIGHT THAT. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. ALL IN FAVOR? AND AGAIN JUST TO BE MINDFUL THAT MEMBER SNIVELY AND MEMBER HAHN ARE NOT HERE. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS.  WE ARE GOING TO NOW TO 6.06, EDGENUITY. THE VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION CURRICULUM FOR GRADE 6 THROUGH 12 FROM EDGENUITY. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS WILL HIGHLIGHT.

>>Addison Davis: THROUGH THE CHAIR, THIS IS A VIRTUAL INSTRUCTIONAL CURRICULUM FOR GRADE 6-12. WE KNOW THAT SOME OF OUR STUDENTS MAY MATCH YOUR STANDARD AT DIFFERENT TIMES, IN THEIR HIGH SCHOOL OR MIDDLE SCHOOL CAREER. SO FROM OUR STANDPOINT, FROM AN EDUCATOR OPENLY, WE WANT TO MAKE CERTAIN WEEK PROVIDE ACCESSIBILITY TO STUDENTS TO EITHER RECOVER A GRADE OR RECOVER A COURSE. AND FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLS AND HIGH SCHOOLS AND K-8, THIS ALLOWS OUR STUDENTS FOR CREDIT RECOVERY LICENSES AND IF YOU LOOK AT OUR ESE ACCEPTABILITIERS AND OUR CAREER CENTERS AND DJJ SITES THIS WILL BE A SUITE FOR REGULAR CREDITS. WE HAD OVER 5700 CREDITS THAT WERE RECOVERED THIS PAST YEAR, AND WE HAVE OVER 2,000 STUDENTS WHO ARE STILL IN PROGRESS FOR RECOVERY COURSES AND THIS SAYS A LOT. THIS TYPE OF INITIATIVE JUST TRULY ALLOWS OUR STUDENTS TO CONTINUE ON THEIR PATHWAY THROUGH ACADEMIC HISTORY, TO STAY ON TRACK WITH THEIR COHORT TO GRADUATE AND THIS INITIATIVE IS DEFINITELY NEEDED TO BE ABLE TO HELP OUR STUDENTS TO CONTINUE TO REALLY BE EXPOSED TO RELEVANT ACTIVITIES, TO BE ABLE TO HAVE SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT AND GIVE REAL TIME FEED BACK TO EDGENUITY. MR. CONNOR, ANYTHING?

>>Lynn Gray: BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER COMBS. A SECOND BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. ANY DISCUSSION BESIDES MYSELF? SO I HAVE DISCUSSION FROM MEMBER VAUGHN, THEN MEMBER COMBS, AND THEN MEMBER GRAY WILL SAY SOMETHING.

>>Jessica Vaughn: AS WE ARE HAVING DISCUSSION, I KNOW WE HAD SOME SPEAKERS TONIGHT HOP HAD SOME CONCERNS ABOUT THIS COMPUTER PROGRAM. I HAVE ACTUALLY SEEN IT AND GONE INTO MY CAREER CENTER AND SEEN THE USE OF IT. AND I AM KIND MUCH TORN ON IT BECAUSE I DO THINK THAT IT DOES HAVE SOME VALUE. I THINK THE CONCERN THAT I AM HEARING FROM A LOT OF CONSTITUENTS IS THAT IT'S BEING USED IN ISOLATION, AND THAT'S WHEREBY THE CONCERN COMES IN. I THINK AGAIN THIS IS A CONVERSATION OF IF THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE ARE USING WITH ROBUST DIRECT INSTRUCTION TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE SUPPORTING STUDENTS THAT WE ARE GIVING THEM OPTIONS FOR RECOVERY WITH CREDITS, THAT THAT IS A GREAT TOOL. I THINK THE CONCERN COMES INTO PLAY ONCE AGAIN THAT THIS IS WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT OUR DJJ, AREAS OF INSTRUCTION, OR IF WE ARE TALKING ABOUT OUR CAREER CENTERS, SPECIFICALLY WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT OUR ESE STUDENTS BECAUSE THAT'S WRITE HEARD A LOT OF CONCERNS COME FROM, BUT TO BE USING THIS IN LIEU OF MAKING SURE THAT THERE'S DIRECT INSTRUCTIONS WITH OUR MOST VULNERABLE STUDENTS ESPECIALLY WILLIAM WE TALK ABOUT THE SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE WHERE THIS HAS COME INTO PLAY. I WANT TO MAKE SURE IF I VOTE ON THIS YES TONIGHT IT WOULD BE WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT WE ARE NOT USING THIS IN ISOLATION AND WHAT WE ARE DOING IS MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE BEING AGGRESSIVE TO SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS IN OUR CAREER CENTERS AND THE OTHER AREAS AND OUR ESE STUDENTS THAT THIS ISN'T THE ONLY TOOL THAT WE ARE USING TO SUPPLEMENT ANY KIND OF ENGAGEMENT OR LEARNING THAT THEY WOULD NEED. THOSE ARE MY THOUGHTS ON IT.

>>Lynn Gray: SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS?

>>Addison Davis: I THINK MRS. VAUGHN SAID IT REALLY WELL. IT SHOULD NOT BE USED IN ISOLATION BY ITSELF. THERE'S OPPORTUNITY FOR MOVING MODELS TO TAKE PLACE. TEACHERS CAN GO INTO -- BE ABLE TO GO INTO THESE COURSES AND BE ABLE TO SELF SELECT STANDARD THAT THEY HAVE NOT MASTERED. THAT TAKES TIME AND TRIMMING. WE WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER. I DO AGREE THAT THIS HAS TO BE A COORDINATED EFFORT AS WELL.

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

>>Nadia Combs: I ALSO HAD THE FORTUNATE EXPERIENCE TO SEEP THIS PROGRAM SEVERAL TIMES AT SCHOOLS, AND ALSO LIVE, AND I DO THINK THERE'S A NEED FOR THIS. I KNOW I SPOKE TO SOMEBODY THE OTHER DAY WHO HAD A VERY HIGH ACHIEVING CHILD WHO THE PAST YEAR WOULD NOT HAVE GRADUATED IF IT WASN'T FOR THIS PROGRAM. I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF STUDENTS WHO HAD DIFFICULTY THIS YEAR WITH ONLINE, WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN OUR COMMUNITY. WHEN WE TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH AND WE TALK ABOUT ISSUES THAT CHILDREN HAVE, YOU KNOW, TO HAVE A PROGRAM LIKE THIS, TO DRIVE STUDENTS TO BE ABLE TO GRADUATE, I KNOW SEVERAL OF MY GRADUATION, ONE OF MY PRINCIPALS SAID THAT BECAUSE OF THIS PROGRAM, THERE'S QUITE A FEW KIDS THAT WOULD NOT HAVE GRADUATED IF IT WASN'T FOR THIS. SO I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE THIS TO CAPTURE THIS. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT WE NEED SOMETHING LIKE THAT, ESPECIALLY I SAW IT AT DIFFERENT PLACES, AND I DO THINK THERE'S A NEED FOR A PROGRAM LIKE THIS FOR CREDIT RECOVERY, ESPECIALLY NOT JUST WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR BUT AS OUR KIDS TRANSITION BACK I THINK WE ARE GOING TO FIND A LOT OF CHILDREN HOP MAYBE NEVER EVEN LOGGED ON, WHO ARE MISSING QUITE A FEW CREDITS, AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT MAYBE WE ARE NOT GOING NEED FIVE YEARS FROM NOW BUT I DEFINITELY THINK IS GOING TO BE A NEED IN THE NEXT YEAR OR TWO.

>>Lynn Gray: GREAT POINTS, MEMBER COMBS. AND I DEFINITELY THINK IT FEELS THE NEED FOR SURE. THE QUESTION I HAD RELATED TO THE TIME, THE ESTIMATED TIME TO GO THROUGH THIS CURRICULUM. ANY IDEA ON THAT?

>>Terry Connor: EACH QUARTER IS ROUGHLY 14 HOURS OF INSTRUCTION. TIME THAT BY FOUR THAT GIVES YOU A ROUGH ESTIMATE FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR IF YOU WERE TO RECOVER THAT FULL YEAR COURSE.

>>Lynn Gray: AND GIVE A GUESSTIMATE ON THE AMOUNT OF PLUS, BECAUSE OF THIS PROGRAM, TO MEMBER COMBS' POINT, TO HELP THESE CHILDREN SUCCEED IN GRADUATION. WHAT PERCENTAGE DO YOU THINK THIS WOULD PUT THEM OVER THE EDGE TO GRADUATE? DO WE HAVE AN IDEA HOW MANY STUDENTS WOULD BE TAKING THIS UP?

>>Terry Connor: CURRENTLY WE HAVE ABOUT 1100 STUDENTS THROUGH THE SUMMER, NOT EVEN INCLUDING THE SENIOR -- LET'S TAKE A HIGH SCHOOL FOR EXAMPLE. WE HAD 5800 CREDITS RECOVERED. NOT EVERY ONE OF THOSE ARE INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS BECAUSE SOME STUDENTS ARE MULTIPLE. THEY ARE TAKING MULTIPLE CREDITS BECAUSE THEY FELT MORE THAN ONE. BUT THINK ABOUT THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS THAT IF THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECOVER, THEY WOULD HAVE GRADUATED. AND WHAT I AM REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS YEAR IS THAT WE ARE EXPANDING TO THE 11 DJJ SITES NEXT YEAR WHICH IS A STRATEGY TO ADDRESS THE SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE, BECAUSE NOW STUDENTS CAN EARN ORIGINAL CREDIT AT DJJ SITES SO THAT WE CAN GET THEIR DIPLOMA AND HOPEFULLY REHABILITATE THEM AND GET BACK ON TRACK.

>>Lynn Gray: THAT'S EXCELLENT. AND AGAIN YOU ARE REACHING INTO THE DIVERSITY -- DEPARTMENT OF DIVERSITY THAT OUR DISTRICT NEEDS TO BE KNOWN FOR. WE ARE CAPTURING THOSE GROUPS OF STUDENTS. THANK YOU FOR THAT EXPLANATION. BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED -- WE HAVE THE MOTION. LET'S GO AHEAD AND VOTES WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. OKAY. WE HAVE UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU. AND WE ARE GOING TO GO TO THE NEXT ITEM. AND THIS IS 6.08. OH, JUST LET ME DO A SEGUE HERE. WE DO NOT HAVE EMPLOYEE INPUT TONIGHT. I WOULD HAVE MISSED THE TIME. NORMALLY WE HAVE IT AT 6:00. I WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE OUR TEACHERS AS WELL TO PLEASE COME AND SPEAK TO BOARD MEMBERS. WHEN I SAY TEACHERS, STAFF MEMBERS, PARENTS, BECAUSE WE WANTS TON HEAR YOUR REMARKS ABOUT EDGENUITY, ABOUT ACHIEVE 3000, CANVAS. BOARD MEMBERS NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU. AND SOMETIMES WE ONLY HEAR ABOUT FOUR OR FIVE TEACHERS. AND I ALWAYS WONDER WHY WHAT ARE WE DOING WRONG THAT WE DON'T HAVE MORE TEACHERS AND STAFF MEMBERS? AND STEPHANIE BAXTER JENKINS, I AM LOOKING RIGHT AT YOU SO IF YOU CAN SHARE SOMETHING THAT WE ARE MISSING TO CAPTURE THEIR INTEREST, WE WANT TO HEAR THEIR VOICE.  SO HAVING SEEING NONE, LET'S GO AHEAD INTO THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM, 6.08. PURCHASE OF SECOND STEP ELEMENTARY DIGITAL CURRICULUM SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING PROGRAM FROM COMMITTEE FOR CHILDREN, AND SUPERINTENDENTS DAVIS WILL HIGHLIGHT AND MEMBER VAUGHN PULLED THIS ITEM. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS.

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM THROUGH THE CHAIR. THIS IS ANOTHER SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING PLATFORM TO BE ABLE TO HELP OUR CHILDREN MAKE SOUND DECISIONS, BE ABLE TO HELP THEM WITH AWARENESS, SELF-MANAGEMENT, SKILLS, SOCIAL AWARENESS, RELATIONSHIP BUILDING, DECISION MAKING, THIS IS ORIGINALLY IN MIDDLE SCHOOLS, K-8 SCHOOLS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, THEN WE TRANSITIONED TO BEING ABLE TO MAKE CERTAIN WE OFFER THIS TO EVERYONE FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. THIS GOES ON TO BE ABLE TO STRENGTHENING OUR WORK RELATED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND BEING ABLE TO LEVERAGE MENTAL HEALTH DOLLARS.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. MEMBER VAUGHN. OH, LET'S DO A MOTION. MOTION BY MEMBER COMBS. SECOND BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. AND SO MEMBER VAUGHN.

>>Jessica Vaughn: SO FIRST OF ALL THANK YOU, MS. BROWN, AGAIN FOR TAKING THE TIME TO GO THROUGH THIS BECAUSE I ACTUALLY DID HAVE CONSTITUENCY ASK ME ABOUT TWO CONCERNS WITH THIS ITEM IN GENERAL. THE FIRST ONE WAS BASICALLY WHETHER OR NOT WE CAPTURED DATA. IF STUDENTS ARE USING THIS PROGRAM, IF THEY ARE INTERACTING WITH IT, DO THEY HAVE A LOG-IN, IS THERE SOME KIND OF ASSESSMENT PIECE THAT WOULD CAPTURE DATA ON THE SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING, AND FROM THE INFORMATION THAT I GOT FROM YOU, THERE IS NO LOG-IN, THERE'S NO STUDENT LOG-IN, SO WHATEVER, HOWEVER THEY INTERACT IT IS NOT TIED WITH THE STUDENTS. SO FROM THE DATA MINING WHEN IT COMES TO SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH IT SOUNDS LIKE THIS PROGRAM ISN'T A CONCERN WITH THAT. THE NEXT CONCERN THAT I HAD WAS JUST WHETHER OR NOT ONCE AGAIN AFTER HAVING THIS CONVERSATION ABOUT COMPUTER PROGRAMS, WHETHER WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT KEEPING UP WITH THE SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SKILLS, WHETHER OR NOT A COMPUTER PROGRAM IS A GOOD SUPPLEMENT FOR THAT. AND AGAIN YOU HAVE ME KIND OF UNDERSTAND HOW A LOT OF THIS IS TEACHER DRIVEN AND THERE'S A LOT OF SUPPLEMENTS FOR THE TEACHER USES THIS WITHIN THEIR LESSON, AND THEY ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO WILL HAVE A LOG-IN. PREVIOUS TO THIS WE HAD A KIT THAT WE USED WHERE THERE WAS A PRINT-OUT AND THIS IS GIVING THE TEACHERS THEMSELVES, NOT THE STUDENTS, ACCESS TO THE DIGITAL VERSION OF THAT, SO IT CAN BE USED MORE WIDELY WITHIN THE SCHOOLS AND NOT SPECIFICALLY HAVING ONLY ONE TEACHER BE ABLE TO ACCESS PER SCHOOL. SO I APPRECIATE THAT INFORMATION AND REALLY BEING ABLE TO UNDERSTAND HAPPY HOLIDAY THIS PROGRAM WORKS, BECAUSE I HAD A LOT OF QUESTIONS I NORMALLY HAVE. I STILL DO HAVE CONCERNS, EVEN THOUGH I REALLY APPRECIATE THIS, THAT THERE'S NO DATA MAINING, AND THAT THIS IS JUST FOR TEACHERS AND THERE'S NO STUDENT LOG-IN THAT'S ASSOCIATED WITH IT. BUT I DO STILL HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT HAVING THIS CONVERSATION ESPECIALLY I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR MEMBER PEREZ THOUGHTS BECAUSE I KNOW SHE'S REALLY PASSIONATE ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH, ABOUT HOW EFFECTIVE. I WONDER HOW MUCH YOU CAN REALLY LEARN FROM WATCHING A VIDEO OR FROM A COMPUTER PROGRAM. I STILL DO HAVE CONCERNS, JUST ABOUT ITS EFFECTIVENESS. I AM NOT AS CONCERNED SO MUCH WITH THE PLATFORM SPECIFICALLY. I FEEL CONFIDENT IN THAT AND UNDERSTANDING THAT WE ARE JUST GET MORGUE ACCESS BUT JUST IN GENERAL I DO HAVE CONCERNS SIMPLY BECAUSE IT COMES TO $700 THAT YOU. AS MEMBER COMBS POINTED OUT, IF IT WAS A $200 THAT YOU ITEM IT WOULD BE DIFFERENT. BUT I DO THINK AS WE HAVE THIS CONVERSATION WE DO HAVE TO WEIGH HOW MUCH WE ARE SPENDING BECAUSE AGAIN THAT COULD BE TEN CLASSROOM STAFF EMPLOYEES. SO THOSE WERE JUST MY THOUGHTS ON IT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN. MR. PORTER, WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR CALLING ANOTHER BOARD MEMBER TO COMMENT? ACCEPTABLE?

>>Jim Porter: IS UNDER IN A OBLIGATION TO COMMENT.

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER PEREZ, IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO COMMENT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO. WOULD YOU LIKE TO COMMENT?

>>Karen Perez: YES, I WAS GOING TO PULL THIS ITEM AND IT WAS PULLED ALREADY SO THANK YOU. YES, MY CONCERN IS WITH OUR CHILDREN WESTBOUND SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING THAT WHEN THEY GO TO DO A FRAM, LIKE WE KEEP SAYING, OUR CHILDREN ARE TECHNOLOGIED OUT, THAT WE ARE TRYING TO TEACH OUR CHILDREN THAT WHEN THEY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, AND WHEN THEY ARE TRYING TO TALK TO US, THAT IT'S APPARENT OR A TEACHER OR SOCIAL WORKER OR PSYCHOLOGIST, SOMEONE THAT CAN ANSWER THEIR QUESTIONS, THAT WHEN THEY ARE SITTING IN FRONT OF TECHNOLOGY THAT WE ARE GETTING THEM USED TO, YOU KNOW, INTERACTING WITH A COMPUTER INSTEAD OF ANOTHER HUMAN BEING. THAT THEIR COMMUNICATION SKILLS, WHEN THEY ARE FEELING SOMETHING THAT THEY ARE INTERACTING WITH A PIECE OF EQUIPMENT INSTEAD OF A PERSON. THAT IS MY ISSUE WITH HAVING SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING ON A DEVICE, YOU KNOW. I CANNOT SUPPORT THIS RIGHT NOW, ESPECIALLY WHEN OUR CHILDREN ARE COMING OUT OF A COVID SITUATION, AND THEY ARE COMING OUT WITH ISSUES MORE SO -- WE ARE COMING OUT OF THE FRONT SIDE OF COVID, COMING OUT OF THE BACKSIDE, AND STILL NOT OVER IT. I WOULD RATHER THEM TALK TO A PERSON, A HUMAN BEING, THAN INTERACTING WITH TECHNOLOGY, TO HONEST WITH YOU. THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN, FOR PULLING THIS ITEM.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ. BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON.

>> EXCUSE ME, MEMBER GRAY. MAY I PLEASE RESPOND TO HELP MS. PEREZ KNOW TH THERE IS A POLICEM PROGRAM THAT THE TEACHER ACCESSES. THIS HELPS THE TEACHER PROVIDE INSTRUCTION. THIS IS NOT ONE WHERE THE STUDENT SITS IN FRONT OF THE COMPUTER. THIS IS ONE THAT ACTUALLY THE TEACHER IS INSTEAD OF A PAPER PENCIL KIT, IT'S ACTUALLY THE TEACHER HAS ACCESS TO THE DIGITAL INFORMATION TO PROVIDE INSTRUCTION TO KIDS. SO THIS IS ACTUALLY FOR THE TEACHER TO USE, NOT FOR THE STUDENTS TO USE. THIS IS A TOOL FOR THE TEACHER. AND I JUST THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO MAKE THAT CLEAR THAT WE ARE NOT SUBSTITUTING THIS PROGRAM TO TEACH STUDENTS SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING. THE TEACHER IS ACTUALLY TEACHING IT AND USING THIS AS A TOOL. AND MS. VAUGHN, YOU DID MENTION THE COST. IT IS 10   06 PER SCHOOL FOR FIVE YEARS. SO I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT. I APOLOGIZE BUT THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>>Addison Davis: THANK YOU, MS. BROWN. THIS IS ALSO A ONCE-A-WEEK LESSON BETWEEN 15 TO 25 MINUTES SO DEFINITELY NEEDED.

>>Lynn Gray: SO MS. BROWN, I AM LISTENING TO WHAT YOU JUST SAID. AND IF IT'S NOT CLEAR FOR BOARD MEMBERS IN THE READING OF THE AGENDA ITEM, PERHAPS WE CAN WORK ON MORE CLARITY. I HONESTLY DIDN'T PICK THAT UP. BUT MAYBE WE CAN BE MORE WORDSMITH SOME OF THE AGENDA ITEMS. ESPECIALLY NOW THAT WE ARE NOT OVERLY BUT WE ARE MORE SENSITIVE TO DIGITAL PROGRAMS, ET CETERA, RIGHT? SO FOR WHAT THAT'S WORTH. BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. OKAY. ALL MEMBERS ARE IN FAVOR. THANK YOU. WE ARE GOING TO GO NOW TO 6 .11. MENTAL HEALTH CARE INCORPORATED DOING BUSINESS AS GRACE POINT MOBILE RESPONSE TEAM. THIS IS NEW. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, CAN YOU GO AHEAD AND HIGHLIGHT IT? AND I JUST HAD A QUESTION.

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM. THIS IS A NEW INITIATIVE FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TO CREATE A MOBILE RESPONSE TEAM. AND ONE THING WE KNOW SO MANY TIMES OUR CHILDREN ARE REALLY FACED WITH SOME OPPORTUNITIES FOR INTERVENTION. SO BEING ABLE TO LEVERAGE MENTAL HEALTH DOLLARS, TO ADD A TEAM AND TO CONTRACT OUTSIDE SERVICES WITH GRACE POINT, ALLOWS US TO HAVE PRIMARY RESPONDER TO BE ABLE TO ASSIST WITH QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGERS, TO BE ABLE TO ASSIST REQUEST OUR STUDENTS, WHERE OUR STUDENTS MAY BE FACING ANY KIND OF CRISIS OR SITUATION OUT OF SCHOOL AND BEING ABLE TO PROVIDE A MOBILE RESPONSE TEAM TO GO TO THAT SCHOOL TO REALLY ASSIST WITH ANY TYPE OF INTERVENTIONS THAT MAY BE NEEDED. THIS IS WHERE WE WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE A COORDINATED CLINICIAN, PSYCHOLOGIST, AT THE SAME TIME SOCIAL WORKER RESPOND TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE ONGOING SERVICES TO OUR CHILDREN WHO MAY BE FACED WITH AVOIDING A SITUATION, TO BE INTERACTIVE WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT, OR THE SAME TOKE EVENING DEMANDED TO BE BAKER ACTED OR HOSPITALIZED THROUGH AN EMERGENCY ADOPTED UTILIZATION. SO THIS IS REALLY BEING PROACTIVE, TO BE ABLE TO DEESCALATE SITUATIONS IN OUR SCHOOLS AND TO CREATE THE LEAST RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENT POSSIBLE TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO OUR STUDENTS IN NEED.

>>Lynn Gray: BOARD MEMBERS, CAN WE GO AHEAD AND HAVE A MOTION AND SECOND? AND THEN WE'LL HAVE DISCUSSION. I NEED A MOTION. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER WASHINGTON, A SECOND BY MEMBER VAUGHN. WILL THERE BE ANY DISCUSSION OTHER THAN I HAD A CERTAIN QUESTION? MEMBER PEREZ AND THEN I WILL FOLLOW MEMBER PEREZ. MEMBER PEREZ, YOU ARE RECOGNIZED.

>>Karen Perez: YES. I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS. I HAVE JUST BEEN WAITING FOR THIS SINCE 2019 FOR THIS TO HAPPEN. OUR SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN NEEDING THIS INTERVENTION TEAM, YOU KNOW, THE RESPONSE TEAM, ESPECIALLY TO KIND OF MAKE SURE THAT OUR STUDENTS ARE OKAY, AND ELIMINATE OUTSIDERS FROM COMING IN AND BAKER ACTING STUDENTS THAT DON'T NEED TO BE BAKER ACTED, BEING ABLE TO RESPOND ON TIME FOR OUR STUDENTS. I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BRINGING THIS TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS.

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

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ. INDEED THIS IS A GREAT ADDITION FOR THE WELL-BEING OF OUR STUDENTS. MY ONLY QUESTION WAS, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, WHEN WE HAVE THIS RESPONSE TEAM ARE WE PUTTING THE PRINCIPAL IN CHARGE? WHO IS IMPACTED? WHO HAS TO DELIVER THE MESSAGE? IS IT GRACE POINT?  IFSON SOMETHING GOES WRONG WHO IS THE DELIVERERS OF THE MESSAGE?

>> IT ALWAYS STARTS WITHIN THE STUDENT TEAM MEMBER AT THE SCHOOL SITE AND WHEN THE ASSESSMENT IS DONE THEY WILL WORK WITH SOMEONE FROM THE STUDENT SERVICES TEAM TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT IT'S NECESSARY TO CALL FOR THE MOBILE RESPONSE TEAM. THEY WORK TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT IT'S NECESSARY TO INVOLUNTARILY HOSPITALIZE A STUDENT, OR WHETHER OR NOT, IN OTHER WORDS BAKER ACT, OR IF WE NEED TO HAVE SOME OTHER DEESCALATING EFFORTS TAKEN AT THE SCHOOL WITH THE STUDENT. BUT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THE STUDENT SERVICES TEAM MEMBER AT THE SCHOOL SITE FOR THE THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAM AT THE SCHOOL SITE WILL MANAGE. ON THAT TEAM IS A REPRESENTATIVE FROM ADMINISTRATION, TYPICALLY IT'S THE PRINCIPAL, BUT IT'S ALSO YOUR SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER, POTENTIALLY A SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST, SCHOOL COUNSELOR. SOMETIMES OWN THAT TEAM YOU HAVE OTHER MEMBERS. IT COULD BE A SCHOOL RESOURCEOVERS, IF NECESSARY, ON THAT TEAM AS WELL. BUT THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WOULD BE THROUGH THAT STUDENT SERVICES TEAM MEMBER OR THE THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAM, AND THEY WORK WITH OUR CENTRAL OFFICE STAFF TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT WE NEED TO CALL OUT THE MOBILE RESPONSE TEAM.

>>Lynn Gray: MY QUESTION IS, DO WE HAVE A FORMALIZED AT EVERY SCHOOL A THREAT TEAM?

>>Tracye Brown: YES, MA'AM. IT'S REQUIRED BY LAW.

>>Lynn Gray: WE ACTUALLY I HAVE A THREAT TEAM. AND JUST DIDN'T WANT ANOTHER JOB RESPONSIBILITY ADDED TO OUR PRINCIPALS PLATE, A AND THIS BEING THE CASE THAT'S REALLY WHAT I WANTED TO FIND OUT. IT IS A COSTLY SITUATION, BUT BAKER ACTS ARE ALSO VERY COSTLY AND I KNOW YOU ARE TRYING TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF BAKER ACTS. IT'S GOTTEN OUT OF HAND. OKAY, BOARD MEMBERS, IF YOU WILL VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. OKAY, WE ARE ALL IN FAVOR. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. MOVING DOWN TO 6.14. WE ARE GETTING INTO MORE TECHNOLOGY HERE. ADDENDUM 1 TO AGREEMENT 16109-DST-LG. THAT'S NOT MY INITIALS, BY THE WAY. THAT IS MY INITIALS, LYNN GRAY. GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM, GPS. ON THE BUSES AND WHITE FLEET. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, AND MEMBER VAUGHN PULLED THIS ITEM.

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM THROUGH THE CHAIR. SCHOOL DISTRICT. THIS REALLY ALLOWS US TO DO AN EFFICIENT JOB WITH LOOKING AT GPS FOR BUS ROUTING, ALSO LIKELY, ROUTING FOR A PLANNING PERSPECTIVE, FIELD TRIP MANAGEMENT, LOOK AT SOFTWARE TO REALLY MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE ARE BEING EFFICIENT WITH ALL OF THE DIRECTIONS AND ROADS THAT WE ARE TAKING WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, AND THAT LINKS TO BEING ABLE TO MAKE CERTAIN WE DON'T HAVE -- IF YOU ARE TAKING A ROUTE, THIS OPENLY DON'T MAKE SENSE. THIS HAS BEEN IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT SINCE 20 SH, AND BEING ABLE TO BRING IT BACK FOR AN EXTENDED CONTRACTS FOR SERVICES WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT.

>>Lynn Gray: BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER COMBS. I HAVE A SECOND BY, LET'S SEE, MEMBER VAUGHN, AND ANY DISCUSSION? MEMBER VAUGHN.

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. AND THANK YOU, MR. FARKAS, FOR MEETING ME TODAY. WE HAD A ROBUST DISCUSSION ABOUT THIS AGENDA ITEM, AND TRANSPORTATION IN GENERAL. I AM EXCITED TO SEE THAT THIS IS ONE THING THAT WE WILL BE USING FOR HOPEFULLY A YEAR AND THAT WE HAVE SOMETHING VERY EXCITING COMING UP AFTER THIS. AND I ALSO WANTED TO KIND OF UPDATE BECAUSE I HAD A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT ON THE LAST AGENDA ITEM, I MEAN THE LAST MEETING, ABOUT ELECTRIC BUSES. AND I HAD A REALLY GREAT CONVERSATION WITH TRANSPORTATION TODAY TALKING ABOUT POSSIBLY MAYBE BEING ABLE TO UTILIZE SOME ELECTRIC BUSES AND LOOKING FOR PARTNERSHIPS WITH BUSINESSES WHO WILL PROVIDE CHARGING STATIONS. SO I AM FEELING REALLY POSITIVE ABOUT POSSIBLY TRANSITIONING EVEN WITH OUR LIGHT FLEET POSSIBLY ONE DAY TO ELECTRIC VEHICLES, AND I AM EXCITED ABOUT AFTER THIS IS DONE THE NEW SOFTWARE WE ARE GOING TO HAVE WHEN IT COMES TO BEING ABLE TO USE GPS AND ACCOUNTING FOR OUR STUDENTS. SO I JUST WANTED TO TAKE THE TIME TON SAY THANK YOU FOR THAT CONVERSATION, AND NOT ALL HOPE IS LOST ON ELECTRIC BUSES AND VEHICLES GOING FORWARD. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>Lynn Gray: I WAS THINKING ABOUT GETTING A TESLA, BY THE WAY. YES, SO HE'S LOOKING FOR THE ELECTRICITY DEEP POSITIVES. BOARD MEMBERS, VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. DEPOS. MEMBER WASHINGTON, DO YOU WANT TO GO AHEAD? IT'S UNANIMOUS. AGAIN, REMINDING THE PUBLIC THAT MEMBER SNIVELY AND MEMBER HAHN ARE NOT HERE AT THIS MEETING AT THIS TIME. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. WE ARE GOING TO GO TO 6 .16. ADVERTISEMENT FRAMEWORK FOR THE 2021-2022 FISCAL YEAR PROPOSED MILLAGE RATES. THIS IS A TENTATIVE BUDGET. NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING PROPOSED TAX INCREASE AND NOTICE OF TAX FOR SCHOOL CAPITAL OUTLAY, AND ALLOW STAFF TO MAKE MODIFICATIONS AS UPDATED INFORMATION IS RECEIVED FROM TALLAHASSEE. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, I KNOW THAT YOU WILL SHARE THE EMPHASIS ON TENTATIVE, AND I WILL LET YOU TAKE OVER. AND THIS IS YOUR ITEM.

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM, THROUGH THE CHAIR. I AM GOING TO TRANSFER TO MRS. JOHNSON, LET MRS. JOHNSON DESCRIBE WHAT TENTATIVE LOOKS AT PROJECTED BUDGET MAY LOOK LIKE.

>> GOOD EVENING, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, AND CONSTITUENTS. I WILL BE DOING A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE TENTATIVE BUDGET. IT'S GOING TO BE VERY BRIEF. IT'S TENTATIVE. THAT MEANS THAT THIS BUDGET WILL BE CHANGING GOING FORWARD, FOR FISCAL YEAR 21-22. FLORIDA STATUTE SECTION 200 .0657 IS REQUIRED TO SEND ATTENTIVE BUDGET TO THE BOARD WITHIN 24 DAYS OF CERTIFICATION OF THE, TAKE MILL VALUE. THE STATED PROCESS CONCERNING PROPERTY TAX VALUE, FROM THEM THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ASSESSED THE MILLAGE RATE, LOCAL BOARD LEVYING AND ALSO FROM THEM THE INTENT OF THE BUDGET TO PROVIDE AN ADVERTISEMENT FRAMEWORK FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 21-22 FISCAL YEAR. THE TIMELINE. SO WE ARE TODAY SUBMITTING THE TENTATIVE BUDGET JULY THE 13th, JULY THE 19th, FOR THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WILL SET ASIDE THE REQUIRED LOCAL RATE IS GOING TO CHANGE BY JULY 19th, JULY 25th WE MUST ADVERTISE THE INTENT TO ADOPT THE TENTATIVE BUDGET AND THE MILLAGE RATES, JULY 27th IS THE FIRST PUBLIC HEARING, JULY 30th THE PROPOSED MILLAGE RATE FINAL HEARING DATE PROVIDED TO THE PROPERTY APPRAISER, JULY 9TH IS THE FINAL PUBLIC HEARING, AND SEPTEMBER 10th ADOPTED BUDGET SUBMITTED TO FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. I AM NOT GOING TO GO THROUGH ALL THE -- IT'S HARD TO READ. I CAN SEE THAT. ALL THE OTHERS BUT I DO WANT TO FOCUS ON THE RATE. THIS RATE WILL BE CHANGED BY THE SECOND CERTIFICATION THAT WE PLAN TO GIVE BY JULY 19th SO IT'S GOING TO IMPACT THE WHOLE BUDGET THAT ALLOCATION AND ALSO STILL FINANCIALLY CLOSING THE BOOKS SO THE BOOKS HAVEN'T OFFICIALLY BEEN CLOSED FOR THE IMPACT. BUT I WANT TO FOCUS ON THE GENERAL FUND. AS YOU CAN SEE, THE GENERAL FUND, FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL REVENUE IS 1.7 BILLION. THAT'S WITH -- ALSO EMBEDDED IN THE REVENUE. GET A TRANSFER OF 23 MILLION FROM CAPITAL, 10 MILLION FOR PROPERTY, AND 13 FOR PASS THROUGH FOR CAPITAL OUTLAY SO THAT MAKES OUR TOTAL REVENUE -- OUR FUND BALANCE IS 17 MULTIFAMILY WHEN WE CAME IN MAY WE SUGGESTED A FUND BALANCE OF 30 MILLION SO I AM GOING TO GO TO SLIDES AND GIVE YOU THE DETAILS WHY THAT BALANCE IS THIS HIGH BUT IT'S STILL TENTATIVE BUND BALANCE, NOT A FINAL FUND BALANCE. EXPENDITURES WE ARE PROJECTING 1 .8 MILLION. AND THEN WE GOT A TRANSFER OUT OF 2.2 MILLION. GIVING US A NET FUND BALANCE OF 96 MILLION. THIS IS SIGNIFICANT. AS YOU CAN SEE, WE ARE IN THE OPERATION DEFICIT OF 80 MILLION. WE ARE STILL HAVING AN OPERATIONAL DEFICIT EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE AN INCREASE FUND BALANCE PROJECTED, 176 MILLION, AND OUR BALANCE OF OUR FUND BALANCE WE ARE PROJECTING TO CLOSE THE YEAR AT 96 SO THAT'S 80 MILLION OPERATIONAL DEFICIT. I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS THAT WE ARE STILL IN OPERATIONAL DEFICIT EVEN THOUGH OUR FUND BALANCE IS TENTATIVELY HIGHER THAN WE PROJECTED. BEFORE WE IMPLEMENT INITIAL FUND WE CAME IN MAY. WE PROJECTED A FUND BALANCE OF 32 MILLION. BUT WHEN WE ARE CLOSING OUT THE BOOKS IN JOHN WE ARE STILL IN THE PROCESS OF CLOSING OUT OUR REVENUES, OUR FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL CAME IN HIGHER THAN PROJECTIONS. AND THAT WAS DUE MOSTLY TO THE PROPERTY TAX VALUES INCREASE, OUR LOCAL REFUSE PNEUMONIA WAS HIGHER THAN WE HAD PROJECTED AND BUDGET BEE WERE CONSERVATIVE. WE HAD A DECREASE IN FUND US THE AND THAT WAS IN SALARIES AND BENEFITS BECAUSE WE GOT OTHER WAGES, NOT IN BRICK AND MORTAR, LESS THAN WE IDENTIFY IN THE BUDGET. SO WE HAD A TOTAL PROJECTED FUND BALANCE OF JUNE 30th, PRECLOSING OF 84 MILLION. AND THAT'S BEFORE WE GET ANYTHING BEFORE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FISCAL RECOVERY PLAN THAT WE BROUGHT BEFORE THE BOARD, AND THAT'S WHEREIN WE END UP, 84. BUT WE ARE STILL CLOSING. SO THINGS ARE GOING TO CHANGE. NOW THIS IS PRECLOSING, POST-CLOSING. OUR FUND BALANCE IS 84. WE START WITH 84. THEN THESE ARE THE ITEMS THAT YOU GUYS APPROVE. I MEAN, THE BOARD, SORRY, GUYS, BUT THE BOARD HAS APPROVED, PLUS THE TRANSFER. WE HAVE SOME PENNY ITEMS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN TRANSFERRED YET OR ADDED, SO WE ARE PROJECTING RIGHT NOW 36 EXPENDITURES ELIGIBLE TO BE TRANSFERRED OUT OF GENERAL FUND, 36.47 AS OF THIS TIME, BUT IT WILL CHANGE BECAUSE WE STILL GOT THE PENNY ITEMS. SO THEY ARE GIVING US A PROJECTED FUND BALANCE OF 121 MILLION. THAT'S AFTER THE FISCAL RECOVERY PLAN, MOST OF IT HAS BEEN IMPLEMENTED. SO WE DID ESSE ROE FUNDING AND HAD A PROJECTED FUND BALANCE PRIOR TWO FUNDINGS OF 121 MILLION, THEN WE ALLOCATE ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURES BECAUSE WE HAD TO SPEND THIS MONEY BY SEPTEMBER. THAT'S WHAT WE WERE TOLD WHEN WE WERE ALLOCATED THE MONEY SO WE ALLOCATED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURES THROUGH ESSER, MONEY THAT'S ELIGIBLE OVER 55 MILLION. SO WE ARE PROJECTING OUR FUND BALANCE TO END SOMEWHERE AT 176.3 MILLION. SO I AM JUST HIGHLIGHTING AGAIN. AS YOU CAN SEE, WE PROJECTED, WE ARE GOING TO CLOSE THE FUND BALANCE, THIS IS THE TENTATIVE BUDGET STILL HAVE 176.3, BUT OUR ENDING FUND BALANCE IS GOING TO BE 96 MILLION, AND THAT'S AN $80 MILLION OPERATIONAL DEFICIT. IF THERE ARE ANY QUESTIONS.

>>Lynn Gray: BOARD MEMBERS, AT THIS TIME, LET'S TAKE A FEW QUESTIONS HERE, AND I THINK WE HAVE -- WE ARE GOING TO DO A MOTION FIRST. I NEED A MOTION. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER VAUGHN AND A SECOND BY MEMBER COMBS. AND MEMBER VAUGHN, YOU ARE FIRST IN THE QUEUE. GO AHEAD. YOU ARE RECOGNIZED.

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE IT. SO YOU ARE CITING WEISS CONTINUALLY HAVE AN OPERATIONAL FUND BALANCE DEFICIT OF 80 MILLION?

>> IT'S 80 MILLION PROJECTED. IT'S A DENT TIFF BUDGET, THOUGH.

>>Jessica Vaughn: DO YOU AN ADVERTISE TAINT WAS THE RECOVERY ACTIONS THAT WE HAVE TAKEN AS FAR AS ALL THE MEASURES THAT WE PUT IN PLACE? ARE YOU SAYING THAT AFTER THOSE MEASURES ARE EFFECTIVE? BECAUSE I KNOW A LOT OF THE ONES, IT TAKES TIME. SO ARE YOU ANTICIPATING ONCE AULT OF OUR MEASURES ARE COMPLETE WE ARE STILL GOING TO BE OPERATING WITH AN $80 MILLION OPERATING DEFICIT?

>> THIS FISCAL YEAR, YES, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE 80 MILLION OPERATIONAL DOVE SIT. IT MIGHT BE LESS. WE STILL HAVE TIME IN OUR FISCAL YEAR BUT BASED ON OUR PROJECTIONS IT'S 80 MILLION AND IT TAGS TIME AND WE KNOW IT'S GOING TO BE MORE THAN ONE YEAR TO GET OUT OF THIS OPERATIONAL DEFICIT SO WE ARE GOING TO STILL MAKING THE RIGHT DECISIONS TO GET OUT OF THIS OPERATION DEFICIT, FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR.

>>Jessica Vaughn: THE NEXT QUESTION IS YOU SAID THAT WE GOT MORE IN FROM OUR PROPERTY TAXES. HOW MUCH MORE DID WE GET IN ON LOCAL PROPERTY TAXES THAN WE ANTICIPATED? HOW DID THAT CONTRIBUTE TO THE BUDGET?

>> I THINK IT WAS AROUND 17 MILLION.

>>Jessica Vaughn: ARE WE ANTICIPATING THAT CONTINUALLY GOING FORWARD? ARE WE TAKING INTO ACCOUNT, WITH THAT INFLUX, ARE WE EXPECTING TO CONTINUE THAT KIND OF INFLUX OF PROPERTY TAXES, OR HE WE EXPECTING THAT TO BE DECREASED GOING FORWARD? ROW ROW WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THE PROJECTIONS ARE GOING TO BE BECAUSE THE RATE IS GOING TO CHANGE BECAUSE THEY ARE GOING THE TAXABLE VALUE IS GOING TO CHANGE AND ALSO THE RATE. DEPENDING ON THAT IT MIGHT GIVE US AN INCREASE IN REVENUE OR DECREASE IN REVENUE. WE WON'T KNOW THAT UNTIL JULY 19th.

>>Jessica Vaughn: SO ESSENTIALLY YOU ARE JUST RECAPPING THE YEAR FOR US.

>> YES.

>>Jessica Vaughn: WE DON'T REALLY HAVE A GOOD UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT NEXT YEAR IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE.  WE ARE HOPING WITH THE MEASURES WE PUT IN WE AREN'T GOING TO BE IN THAT OPERATIONAL DEFICIT BUT WAIT TO SEE HOW THE MONEY ROLLS IN, WHAT OUR EXPENSES ARE AND WHAT OUR PROPERTY TAXES GENERATE.

>> WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION BY THE TIME WE ADOPT THE BUDGET.

>>Jessica Vaughn: ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER PEREZ? GO AHEAD.

>>Karen Perez: YOU STILL DON'T HAVE A TIMELINE ON THE ESSER 3 FUNDS AT ALL?

>>Addison Davis: NO, MA'AM, WE DO NOT. AND WE HAVE A CONVERSATION TODAY WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION THERE IS NO DIRECTION BEING PROVIDED AT THIS TIME.

>>Karen Perez: ARE WE THE ONLY ONES OR THAT'S STATE WIDE?

>>Addison Davis: NO, MA'AM, THAT'S STATE WIDE. GOOD QUESTION.

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER PEREZ, IF YOU ARE SATISFIED I AM GOING TO GO AHEAD NOW TO MEMBER COMBS, AND THEN I WILL HAVE A QUESTION.

>>Nadia Combs: I HAD A QUICK QUESTION REGARDING THE ESSE ROE FUNDS. WHAT AMOUNT ARE WE GOING TO LEGALLY BE ALLOWED TO PUT TO THE SIDE? I MEAN, IS THERE A SET AMOUNT THAT WE CAN PUT TO THE SIDE?

>>Addison Davis:  WHEN WAY SAY PUT TO THE SIDE THE ONLY THING WE CAN DO IS REALLY COVER COVID EXPENSES. SOME OF THE ELEMENTS IN ONE OF THE SLIDES THAT MS. JOHNSON IDENTIFIED ARE ALLOWABLE EXPENSES. WHAT THAT DOES IS ALLOW YOU TO BUILD SOMEWHAT OF A -- PUT MONEY INTO A FUND BALANCE. YOU CAN SEE THAT A LOT OF MONEY HAS BEEN PUT TO THE SIDE RELATED TO A MOVE FROM COVID EXPENSES TO OUR GENERAL FUND, FROM BEING ABLE TO USE THAT, TO LEVERAGE THAT TO GET THROUGH THE MULTIYEAR FINANCIAL ISSUES, WILL ALLOW US ACCOUNTS THAT TO HAVE MORE OF A BUFFER.

>>Nadia Combs: IN ESSER 3, THEY SAID SO MANY DAYS BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO GET OUT TO THE DISTRICT. WHAT DOES THE REST OF THE COUNTRY LOOK LIKE? I KNOW FLORIDA HASN'T RECEIVED IT. HOW ABOUT THE REST OF THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER COUNTRIES -- I MEAN OTHER STATES? HOW DO THEY LOOK AS FAR AS ARE THEY RECEIVING THE FUNDING? I MEAN, I KNOW THAT TALLAHASSEE HAS RECEIVED THE FUNDING. SO WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?

>>Addison Davis: GOOD QUESTION. THROUGH THE COUNCIL OF GREAT SCHOOLS WE KNOW THAT SOME OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS DO HAVE THE MONEY THROUGHOUT THE NATION. I DON'T HAVE A LIST IN FRONT OF ME TODAY. WE CAN KIND OF LOOK AND DETERMINE BUT I DO KNOW THAT SOME SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE 60 DAY GUIDELINES AND HAVE ACT SUEABILITY TO THAT MONEY AND PUTTING SYSTEMS IN PLACE. WE SEE THE PLAN AND FORECAST IT BUT THE MERCY OF THAT INFORMATION BEING RELEASED FROM THE STATE.

>>Nadia Combs: I WOULD LOVE TO SEE WHICH STATES HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED IT, WHICH HAVEN'T, BECAUSE MAYBE THAT WILL END UP PUTTING A LITTLE BIT OF PRESSURE ON TALLAHASSEE. I MEAN, 40 STATES HAVE RECEIVED IT AND ONLY 10 STATES HAVEN'T, MAYBE THAT WILL -- WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT TAXPAYERS, IN OUR STATE, ARE AWARE OF WHAT'S HAPPENING. SO I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT AWARENESS. SO LET'S LOOK AT WHAT'S HAPPENING AROUND THE DONE TRY AND WHY WE ARE STILL WAITING HERE IN FLORIDA, 44 FUNDED, NUMBER ONE CHARTER, STILL WAITING FOR ESSER MONEY. I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW.

>> SO REGARDING ESSER 3, ALL STATES HAVE RECEIVED ONE THIRD OF THE ESSER 3 DOLLARS SO THE STATE OF FLORIDA DOES HAVE ONE THIRD OF THE ESSER 3. THE REMAINING TWO-THIRDS IS RELEASED UPON THE STATE SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION AND APPROVAL. AS OF THIS WEEK 40 STATES HAVE SUBMITTED THEIR APPLICATIONS FOR THE REMAINING TWO-THIRDS OF ESSER 3 DOLLARS, FLORIDA NOT BEING ONE OF THEM. AND IT WAS DUE JUNE 7th.

>>Lynn Gray: AND WE HAVE MARLENE SUCCO BACK FROM HER VACATION WHO WILL HOPEFULLY SHARE THAT. QUESTION, BY MEMBER COMBS. AND THAT IS A REALITY. PLUS THE OTHER REALITY, AND I AM GOING TO ASK THE QUESTION. IS THE DUE DATE FOR THE ESSER 2 -- CORRECT ME -- WAS SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 BUT NOW IT REALLY WAS SEPTEMBER 30, 2022. MAYBE WE SHOULD REMARK ON THAT.

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM. I HAVEN'T RECEIVED ANY ADDITIONAL NOTIFICATION FROM THE DEPARTMENT IN RESPONSE TO THAT LETTER. I WOULD ASSUME -- AND PROBABLY SHOULDN'T DO THAT -- BUT ASSUME THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WILL RESPOND. TOMORROW WE WILL GET A CHANCE TO SEE MS. PRIDGEON FACE TO FACE AND WE CAN COLLECTIVELY ASK HER RELATED TO THE IF THAT DEADLINE IS GOING TO BE PUSHED BACK BY THE FEDERAL OUTLOOK, AND THAT WILL GIVE US MORE INFORMATION, BECAUSE HOPEFULLY THAT SEPTEMBER DEADLINE HAS REALLY PUSHED OUR TEAM TO BE ABLE TO FIND EXPENDITURES WHICH WE DO HAVE PLENTY OF EXPENDITURES TO BEGIN WITH. THE TRANSFER USED FOR COVID BUT IT REALLY CHANGES THE GAME RELATED TO WHAT THOSE SERVICES CAN BE AND WILL BE USED RELATED TO SERVICES FOR CHILDREN WITHIN OUR DISTRICT.

>>Lynn Gray: THESE ARE VERY -- AND THANK YOU, DR. KIM. I WANT TO CALL ON YOU BUT YOU LOOK LIKE YOU ARE GOING SPEAK. DR. KIM:  I WANT TO MAKE A COMMENT, THE SEPTEMBER 21 DEADLINE IS FOR THE ADVANCEMENTS OF SOME PORTION OF ESSER, BUT WE HAD TO HAVE THE ADVANCE WHICH IS 101 MILLION, AND WORKING ON THAT AS WELL AS WHEN WE GET THE REST OF THAT MONEY FOR ESSER 2. WE ALSO HAVE A TASK FORCE IN PLACE FOR ESSER 3 AS WELL.

>>Lynn Gray: ONCE WE RECEIVE IT. MY QUESTION IS, AND FIRST I WANT TO COMMEND OUR FINANCE TEAM FOR PUTTING TOGETHER ALL THOSE COST CONTROLS, AND ALSO THE QUESTION -- AND I KNOW THAT YOU ARE NOT GOING TO SPEAK BUT MAYBE MS. JOHNSON WILL OR DR. KIM, THE QUESTION I HAVE IS HOW MUCH SAVINGS, MONEY IN THE BANK, IF YOU WILL, WILL COME FROM JUST ATTRITION, PERSONNEL ATTRITION?

>> ONE OF THE PLANS THAT WE HAD IN PLACE WAS TO TRY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TIME. REMEMBER WE TALKED ABOUT TIME ALONG WITH NUTRITION AND RECAPTURING NUTRITION, RETIREMENT, A CROSS THE BOARD, AND WHEN THEY CAME OPEN TO MINIMIZE IMPACT ON EMPLOYEES. BUT WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT WE WENT FROM NEGATIVE 23 MILLION DOLLARS TO A PLUS 84 MILLION WITH COST CONTROLS AND THE MITIGATION, NOW I WANT TO QUALIFY THAT. THE 84 MILLION, THAT PLUS 84 MILLION ON THE FUND BALANCE ACTUALLY WE ARE PROJECTING WE WILL MEAT -- WE MET THE 3% STATE REQUIREMENT WITHOUT ANY ADDITIONAL NEED FOR INTERVENTION. THE ESSER DOLLARS SIMPLY DO EXACTLY WHAT THE SUPERINTENDENT SAID. THE ESSER DOLLARS ALLOW US TO TRANSFER ELIGIBILITY EXPENDITURES OFF OF THE GENERAL FUND TO RELIEVE THE GENERAL FUND, SO YOU SEE FROM 84 TO 120 TO 176. AS YOU TRANSFER ELIGIBLE EXPENDITURES, TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF OF THE GENERAL FUND, THAT'S WHY IT SHOULD BE ONE-TIME EXPENDITURES BECAUSE WE HAVE RECURRING COSTS AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHY MUCH WE CONTINUE. WE OPERATED AN OPERATIONAL DEFICIT FOR YEARS AND YEARS. AND IT COMES DOWN TO THE FEDERAL STATE AND LOCAL REVENUE, WE KEEP BRINGING THAT UP. THE FEDERAL STATE AND REVENUE, WE NO EITHER NEED ADDITIONAL FROM A GENERAL FUND PERSPECTIVE, NEED TO HAVE ADDITIONAL REVENUE AND WE NEED TO SAY WE ARE IN AN OPERATIONAL DEFICIT. OVER THE NEXT TWO OR THREE YEARS HE, WE STILL HAVE TO CONTINUES TO HOLD TIGHT ON ALLOCATIONS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE IN CLASS SIZE, THAT WE ARE ABSOLUTELY TAKING ADVANTAGE OF ATTRITION THROUGH RETIREMENTS AND RESIGNATION, ABSORBING WHERE WE CAN, BEING FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE WHERE WE CAN. I WANT TO COMMEND THE TEAM AS WELL TO GO FROM NEGATIVE $23 MILLION IN JUNE OF LAST YEAR TO WHERE WE ARE NOW, PLUGS 84 WITHOUT ESSER AND THEN WITH ALL THE ESSER ONE-TIME TRANSFERS LOOKING AT 176 PROJECTED, THAT'S INCREDIBLE WORK. AND THAT'S A LOT TO DO WITH THE PRINCIPALS COMMITMENT AND THOSE THAT HAVE WORKED IN THE FIELD TO ENSURE. I NEED TO QUALIFY THIS NOW. WE WERE ABLE TO DO THE COST CONTROLS OVER A COVID YEAR. WE DIDN'T SEE THE SAME TYPE OF SPENDING THIS YEAR THAT WE MAY SEE IN A NORMAL SCHOOL YEAR BECAUSE WE WEREN'T 100% FACE TO FACE. BUT A GREAT JOB FOR THE TEAM AT THIS POINT TO START PUTTING THIS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. WE HAVE TO HOLD TIGHT OVER THE NEXT COUPLE YEARS.

>>Lynn Gray: AND I SHOULD BE MORE INCLUSIVE. THANK YOU, DR. KEMP, AND ALSO SAY BIG TIME THANKS TO OUR PRINCIPALS WHO ALSO HAD TO TIGHTEN THEIR BELTS, AND WE ALL HIGH PRESSURE TO DO THIS TOGETHER. IT IS REMARKABLE I HOPE THAT COMES OUT TOMORROW WHEN WE ARE IN FRONT OF THE DOE. SO WE'LL SEE. BUT BOARD MEMBERS, DO YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS? IF NOT WE WILL GO AHEAD AND VOTE. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. AGAIN, THIS IS THE TENTATIVE BUDGET. THANK YOU. IT IS ALL CONSENTING. THANK YOU. JUST ABOUT. TWO MEMBERS ARE MISSING. BUT THEY WILL THAN DEFINITELY GIVEN ALL THE KNOWLEDGE AND DISCUSSION POINTS BY WAY OF MINUTES THAT WE ARE GOING OVER. BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE GOING TO GO INTO 7.02. AND THIS IS APPROVE LEASE RENEWAL WITH MACDILL COLUMBUS CORPORATION FOR CLASSROOM SPACE FOR CAREER RECRUITMENT AND INSTRUCTION IN BASIC ENGLISH, CARIBE, PROGRAM FOR THE 2021 OH/22, LONG-TERM HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL PARTNER. A BIT OF A DIFFERENCE DEMOGRAPHIC, I BELIEVE. SUPERINTENDENTS DAVIS, YOU ARE GOING TO HIGHLIGHT IT AND MEMBER VAUGHN PULLED THIS ITEM.

>>Addison Davis: THIS APPROVAL RENEWAL FOR COLUMN -- MACDILL COLUMBUS CORPORATION FOR THE 21-22 SCHOOL YEAR. THIS IS IN A CLASSROOM SPACE THAT WE HAVE LEASED IN 2001 AND THIS OFFERS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED TO LOCAL REFUGEES. THIS IS MONEY THAT WE GET FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT WE RECEIVE THOSE FUNDINGS TO BE ABLE TO LEASE PROPERTY WITHIN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REALLY WANTS US TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS INCLUSIVE WITHIN THE COMMUNITY IN WHICH WE SERVE. THIS LOCATION, MacDILL AVENUE IS REALLY IN THE HEART OF THEISI HISPANIC COMMUNITY AND TO BE LEVERAGE TO LEVERAGE THOSE DOLLARS AND USE 15,000 PLUS DOLLARS OF THEIR MONEY TO BE ABLE TO USE THE FACILITY TO PROVIDE ONGOING SERVICES TO AROUND 200 PROJECTED AVERAGE STUDENTS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR.

>>Lynn Gray: WAS MacDILL AVENUE INTERSECTION?

>> I DON'T KNOW.

>>Lynn Gray: IT COVERS A LOT. WHEN I WAS LOOKING AT THIS, IT COVERED THE AREA OF WHERE MANY OF THESE REFUGEES WOULD BE. BUT AT ANY RATE, WE HAVE BOARD MEMBERS, LET'S GO AHEAD AND HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND. WE HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. WE HAVE A SECOND BY MEMBER VAUGHN. AND AT THIS TIME ANY DISCUSSION? MEMBER VAUGHN, GO AHEAD. YOU HAVE A QUESTION?

>>Jessica Vaughn: GENTLEMEN, I JUST WANTED TO SAY THE SUPERINTENDENT AND I HAD A DISCUSSION OF THIS. I APPRECIATE THE CONVERSATION THAT WE HAD. BUT I THINK THAT WE DID IDENTIFY THAT THERE'S A POSSIBILITY TO EXPAND THIS PROGRAM INTO AREAS WHERE WE HAVE REFUGEE POPULATION THAT'S EXPANDED SINCE OUR ORIGINAL APPROVAL OF THIS, AND ALSO WHERE WE HAVE A NEED FOR ENGLISH LEARNERS AS WELL. SO I JUST WANTED TO KIND MUCH DOUBLE BACK AND ON THE RECORD TALK ABOUT POSSIBLY EXPANDING THIS INTO THE OTHER AREAS, SPECIFICALLY THE NEW DID AREA AND OTHER AREAS WHERE WE HAVE REFUGEES AND A NEED FOR THAT.

>>Addison Davis: TOTH THROUGH THE CHAIR, I WE HAD A GREAT CONVERSATION IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CONVERSATION WITH MRS. VAUGHN AND MR. BROOK AND HOW WE CAN CONTINUE TO ALLOW THIS TO HAVE GREATER ACCESSIBILITY.

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU. I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE TALKED ABOUT THAT.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN. BOARD MEMBERS, LET'S VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. OKAY. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, NEXT WILL BE 7.05. APPROVE THE REAL PROPERTY EXCHANGE AGREEMENTS, JOINT USE AGREEMENT, AND MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA, REGARDING THE DOROTHY THOMAS EXCEPTIONAL PROPERTY. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, YOU WILL HIGHLIGHT IT AND MEMBER VAUGHN PULLED THIS ITEM.

>>Addison Davis: THIS IS APPROVAL OF A REAL ESTATE PROPERTY EXCHANGE AGREEMENT BETWEEN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY POST SCHOOLS AND ALSO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO EXCHANGE PROPERTIES AT DOROTHY THOMAS EXCEPTIONAL CENTER. AS NOW DOROTHY THOMAS CURRENTLY LIVES IN -- FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES WE WANT TO GET TO A POINT TO GIVE THEM IMPROVED BRICK AND MORTAR FACILITIES. WHAT WE ARE DOING IS BEING ABLE TO EXCHANGE, WE HAVE A HALF ACHE THEORY WILL BE EXTENDED TO THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY THAT IS A PARKING LOT, AND IN RETURN WILL BE ABLE TO GET 2.07 ACRES, EXPAND THAT PLATED WE WILL BE ABLE TO ASSUME FOR OUR STUDENTS APP TO ALLOW US TO START THAT BUILDING AND GET STUDENTS OUT OF PORTABLES. THIS WILL COST $1.2 MILLION FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT AND MOVE THE INITIATIVE TO SET BETTER SERVE CHILDREN WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICTS.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER COMBS. A SECOND BY MEMBER VAUGHN. AND DISCUSSION? MEMBER VAUGHN?

>>Jessica Vaughn: WHEN I PULLED THIS ITEM, WE WEREN'T ABLE TO HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT IT AT THAT POINT. SO THIS WAS JUST A FOLLOW-UP TO THAT BECAUSE WE WERE NOT ABLE TO CONNECT. SO THIS I WAS CONFUSED ABOUT IT. I APPRECIATE THE CLARIFICATION. I KNOW OUR EXCEPTIONAL CENTERS ARE VERY IMPORTANT AND THE LIFELINE TO BE ABLE TO BE SEE THAT WE ARE ABLE TO OFFER THOSE STUDENTS A SAFER ENVIRONMENT AND EXPAND THAT. IT'S VERY EXCITING. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON, BOARD MEMBERS. BOARD MEMBERS, IT'S UNANIMOUS, BUT I BELIEVE MR. FARKAS WANTS TO SPEAK.

>>Christopher Farkas: I JUST WANT TO SAY SOMETHING REAL QUICK. WE WORKED VERY HARD WITH THE COUNTY AND TALKED ABOUT FINDING AGREEMENT, WE DON'T HAVE A TON OF MONEY. THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF A WIN. AND THE TEAM OVER AT THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD WORKED VERY HARD TO PUT THIS TOGETHER. THIS IS ONE OF THE WINS. WE TALK ABOUT A LOT OF THE CHALLENGES. I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE TALK ABOUT THE WINS. THANK YOU TO BE THE STAFF OVER THERE. IT WAS DEFINITELY -- IT TAKES A LOT OF WORK TO DO A LAND EXCHANGE. SO I AM GLAD THAT WE DID IT.

>>Lynn Gray: THAT'S GOOD NEWS BECAUSE WE WILL BE ADDRESSING BOUNDARIES AND THE BOCC SHORTLY. SO GREAT NEWS AND GREAT PARTNERSHIPS. HOPEFULLY WE'LL CONTINUE ON THAT. APPROVE THE 11.02 APPROVAL OF THE FINANCIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE. AND MR. PORTER, YOU WILL TAKE CHARGE OF THIS?

>>Jim Porter: YOU WILL RECALL THAT THE BOARD HAD THE IDEA OF A FINANCIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE SOMETIME BACK. YOU HAD A VERY LENGTHY BOARD MEETING AND DISCUSSION WITH CHANGES BEFORE YOU AND THE BACKUP OF BOTH THE RED LINE VERSION AND THE CLEAN VERSION, AND WE ASK FOR YOUR APPROVAL TONIGHT. MR. BUNTSLY AND MR. HART HAVE DONE AN INCREDIBLE JOB REALLY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, AN ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS THAT THE BOARD AND SUPERINTENDENT WILL UTILIZE TO CHOOSE YOUR CANDIDATE. WHAT WE ARE PROPOSING IS THAT ONCE THIS IS APPROVED TONIGHT, IF IT IS APPROVED THAT WE LET OUR PARTNERS KNOW WE WILL WHO WILL BE ON THE COMMITTEE THAT THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO APPOINT SOMEONE. WE WILL ASK THAT APPLICATIONS BE DUE ON JULY 30th, THAT YOU WOULD MAKE YOUR SELECTION BY AUGUST 13th AND THEN THE INAUGURAL MEETING WILL BE ON SEPTEMBER 1st. SO HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS. BUT THIS IS SOMETHING YOU HAVE SEEN BEFORE. IT REALLY JUST CODIFIES WHAT YOU ALREADY APPROVED.

>>Lynn Gray: I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE DETAILED WORK, MR. BUNKLEY AS WELL. YOU PUT A LOT OF TIME AND EFFORT AND VERY DETAILED IN TERMS OF WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT. I THINK -- AND I AM GOING TO GO AHEAD AND WE WILL DO A MOTION AND SECOND. I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE, DID MEMBER SNIVELY AND MEMBER HAHN HAVE ANY VOICE ON THIS BEFORE?

>>Jim Porter: THEY REQUESTED THAT YOU WILL RECALL THE SUPERINTENDENT GAVE UP ONE OF HIS APPOINTEES TO HAVE -- AND MRS. SNIVELY HIGH PRESSURE A VERY GOOD SUGGESTION THAT WE REORDER THE NUMBER OF THE MEMBERS, AND IN PLACE OF -- THAT WAS HER ONE SUGGESTION AND MEMBER HAHN APPROVED THE CHANGES.

>>Lynn Gray: THAT'S WHAT I WANTED TO KNOW. BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER PEREZ, A SECOND BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. ANY QUESTIONS? AND THEY WILL BE DIRECTED TO MR. PORTER. SEEING NONE, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. OKAY, THIS IS OUR FIRST, THANK GOODNESS, I THINK THE PUBLIC WILL BE VERY HAPPY TO SEE AN EXTRA SET OF EYES, MANY EYES. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS?

>>Addison Davis: FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU, MR. PORTER HAS DONE A REALLY NICE JOB FOR THESE EFFORTS WITH OUR STAFF MEMBERS AND ALL OF OUR STAFF WHO WORKED ON. THIS WE WILL IMMEDIATELY START TO PUSH THIS OUT AND WILL LEVERAGE EVERY ONE OF OUR SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS, OUR WEBSITES, AND ENCOURAGE ANY INDIVIDUALS TO APPLY. I THINK THIS WILL BE A REALLY GOOD STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION TO START REBUILDING TRUST WITHIN THE COMMUNITY AND FOR STAKEHOLDERS WHO REALLY PLAY AN ACTIVE ROLE OF BEING A PROBLEM SOLVER TO MAKE POTENTIAL RECOMMENDATIONS OF HOW WE STRENGTHEN OUR WORK AND ALIGN ALL OF OUR DOLLARS.

>>Lynn Gray: WILL YOU CONTINUE TO REMIND US BOARD MEMBERS OF THE DATE OF THAT WE ARE DUE TO SEND IN A CANDIDATE?

>>Jim Porter: WE WOULD ASK THAT THE APPLICATIONS BE DUE BY JULY 30th,CHAS BY AUGUST 13th. THEN THE FIRST MEETING WOULD BE SEPTEMBER 1st. THAT WILL BE AN ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING, ENOUGH TIME TO KICKOFF PROPERLY AND FOR ENOUGH NOTICE TO BE GIVEN OUT FOR YOU ALL TO MAKE YOUR CHOICES.

>>Lynn Gray: MR. PORTER, IT MIGHT BE RECOMMENDED THAT YOU REMAINED OR HAVE THE SECRETARIES REMIND US OF THE TIMELINE.

>>Jim Porter: WE WILL. YOU WILL GET A CALENDAR.

>>Lynn Gray: JUST IN CASE.

>>Jim Porter: AS SOON AS IT'S APPROVED, IT WILL GO OUT TOMORROW.

>>Lynn Gray: WE JUST APPROVED IT, SO THAT'S AFFIRMATIVE. MEMBER COMBS.

>>Nadia Combs: I HAVE A QUESTION. I'M SORRY.

>>Lynn Gray: GO AHEAD.

>>Nadia Combs: WHERE ARE THE APPLICATIONS GOING TO BE AVAILABLE?

>>Jim Porter: THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLINE, ON THE WEBSITE. AND THEN WE ARE GOING TO PUSH THEM OUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE OTHER WAYS THAT WE NOTIFY PEOPLE THAT THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN THE DISTRICT.

>>Nadia Combs: AND OBVIOUSLY WE WILL GET A LINK SO WE CAN SHARE IT WITH PEOPLE CONNECTED WITH US AND ARE INTERESTED. AND WHAT WILL THE PROCESS LOOK LIKE? SO WE WILL SEND IT OUT TO EVERYONE? AND THEN WE WILL GET THE APPLICATIONS SEPARATELY?

>>Jim Porter: YOU WILL GET THE APPLICATIONS SEPARATE REPLY AND YOU WILL HAVE HARD COPIES. YOU WILL HAVE A FOLDER, BE ABLE TO GO THROUGH THE APPLICATIONS. EACH OF UP HAVE ONE APPOINTEE AND THE BOARD DOESN'T NEED TO VOTE ON THE APPOINTEE. SO THE POWER TO APPOINT IS ENTIRELY YOURS. SO THE APPLICATIONS WILL COME IN BY JULY 30th. THAT FRIDAY. THE FOLLOWING MONDAY OR TUESDAY YOU WILL HAVE A HARD COPY AND YOU WILL HAVE APPROXIMATELY TWO WEEKS TO THEN GOP THROUGH THEM AND MAKE YOUR SELECTION.

>>Nadia Combs: I GUESS WE USE OUR OWN IF WE WANT TO INTERVIEW OR CALL PEOPLE?

>>Jim Porter: IT'S ENTIRELY UP TO YOU. YOU OWN IT. THIS IS A BOARD COMMITTEE AND THE INDIVIDUAL BOARD MEMBERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE WHO YOU THINK IS THE BEST REPRESENTATIVE. TO THE POINT THAT WAS MADE EARLIER, I THINK BY ONE OF THE SPEAKERS, THE APPLICATION REALLY HEAVILY EMPHASIZES THAT WE ARE ASKING TO BE THOUGHTFUL ABOUT PEOPLE WITH FINANCIAL BACKGROUNDS, ESPECIALLY EDUCATION FINANCIAL BACKGROUND, AND ALSO WE TALKED ABOUT HAVING REALLY A SENSITIVITY TO BOTH DIVERSITY, ETHNIC DIVERTS TIP BUT GEOGRAPHIC DIVERSITY SO THE ENTIRE LARGE COUNTY IS COVERED.

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

>>Addison Davis: I JUST WANT TO ASK A QUESTION AND MAYBE MR. BUNKLEY CAN HELP. APPLICATIONS STARTING TO GO LIVE, IS THERE THERE WAY WAY TO HAVE ACCESSIBILITY SO THING START SEEING LIVE APPLICANTS AT ONCE?

>> THIS IS UP TO THE BOARD, AND MR. BUNKLEY PROPOSED TO GET THEM AS THEY COME IN AND CREATE HARD COPIES FOR THE BOARD MEMBERS, TO CREATE SOME SORT OF PROCESS THAT IS NOT CHAOTIC. AND AGAIN I THINK IT'S NEW FOR THE DISTRICT TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS IN THIS FORM. SO I THINK THAT THE IDEA WOULD BE THAT WE'LL SEE HOW THIS WORKS AND THEN GO FORWARD, IF IT'S NOT A GOOD PLAN WE CAN MODIFY IT. MR. BUNKLEY AND MR. HART HAVE WORKED REALLY HARD TO CREATE A TEMP PLAT FOR FUTURE USE OF THIS SORT OF ONLINE APPLICATION. IT'S NEVER BEEN DONE IN HILLSBOROUGH SO THEY REALLY DESERVE A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR THAT.

>>Addison Davis: AND MR. PORTER DOING A GOOD JOB ON THE I.T. SIDE TONIGHT. GOOD JOB. AND I WOULD SAY THIS BOARD HAS DONE A NICE JOB RESPECTING EACH OTHER'S APPOINTEE AND BEING ABLE TO BE A PART OF THAT PROCESS. SO THANK YOU. LOOK FORWARD TO IT.

>>Lynn Gray: THE BOARD IS DEFINITELY ONBOARD. THANK YOU. MR. PORTER, THANK YOU FOR GIVING THIS THE ATTENTION IT SO WELL DESERVES, AND THANK YOU, MR. BUNKLEY, FOR YOUR NEVER-ENDING TECHNOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE. THE NEXT ITEM WE HAVE IS JUST FOR INFORMATION. AND THIS IS GOING TO BE -- AND THIS IS JUST A PROCESS. I HOPE IT'S NOT TOO LONG BECAUSE WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A WORKSHOP, CORRECT?

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM. WE ARE HAVING A WORKSHOP ON JULY 27th SO WE WILL BE ABLE TO BE GO DEEPER IN THIS PROCESS AND I KNOW THERE'S A COUPLE BOARD MEMBERS THAT ARE NOT HERE TONIGHT, AND THEY REALLY WANT TO BE A PART OF THIS CONVERSATION BECAUSE OF THE IMPACT TO THEIR COMMUNITIES. SO WE JUST THOUGHT WAS FITTING TO MOVE THAT TO JULY 27 THEY AND HAVE A DEEPER CONVERSATION. BUT DUE TO THE CURRENT POLICY THAT THE BOARD HAS, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE GET THIS OUT IN FRONT TO BE ABLE TO START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT POTENTIAL IMPACT OF ANY BOUNDARY CHANGES MOVING FORWARD.

>>Lynn Gray: BOARD MEMBERS, JUST BEAR WITH US. WE MAY HAVE MISSED AN AGENDA ITEM. THIS DOES NOT TAKE A VOTE. AND IT'S SIMPLY FOR INFORMATION. AND AGAIN WE ARE GOING TO EXPLORE ALL THE AVENUES DURING THE WORKSHOP. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, WHAT DATE IS THE WORKSHOP? IS IT THE 27th?

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM. THE 27th.

>>Lynn Gray: MR. FARKAS, WHY DON'T YOU JUST GIVE US A NEW YORK MINUTE WHAT THE WORKSHOP WILL INVOLVE. AND I'M FROM NEW YORK SO I KNOW A MINUTE.

>>Christopher Farkas: I WILL LET MR. PORTER FINISH THE QUESTIONING. WE ARE VERY EXCITED FOR THE 27th. IT'S IMPORTANT PLANNING TIME. AS NOW TINDALE-OLIVER WE COMMISSIONED TO FOLLOW UP ON LONG RANGE PLANNING. THEREFORE TINDALE-OLIVER WILL BE PRESENT ON THE 27th. DEXTER AND HER TEAM WILL BE THERE TO PRESENT. WE HAD APP GREAT ONE ON ONE WITH EACH ONE OF THE BOARD MEMBERS AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO PLANNING AND GETTING THAT READY AGAIN. AS NOW THERE WILL BE A JOINT MEETING FOR THE BOCC AND THE SCHOOL BOARD IN SEPTEMBER. THIS WILL BE GREAT TO GET US ON THE SAME PAGE TO EDUCATE US WHAT SOME OF THE ISSUES ARE IN THE COUNTY AND HOW WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO SOLVE THEM.

>>Lynn Gray: IT WOULD BE WONDERFUL TO GET A BOCC COUNTY COMMISSIONER MAYBE TO ATTEND THE WORKSHOP, AND I DID TRY TO REACH CHAIRWOMAN PAT COACH. SHE IS I BELIEVE IN TEXAS RIGHT NOW. SO SHE HAS RESPONDED, BUT -- HASN'T RESPONDED BUT I CAN WORK ON MAYBE INVITING A COUNTY COMMISSIONER TO SIT IN ON A WORKSHOP. WOULD THAT BE ADVISABLE, MR. FARKAS? WHAT DO YOU THINK?

>>Christopher Farkas: THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION BUT IT MAY AB MR. PORTER QUESTION, BETTER PERSON TO ANSWER THAT. IT MAKES SENSE THAT THEY ARE INFORMED OF THAT.

>>Jim Porter: I THINK IF WE DO IT WE SHOULD DO IT IN A FORM A WAY, AS A WRITTEN REQUEST, AS OPPOSED TO MAKING IT CASUAL. I MEAN, YOU HAVE A GREAT RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CHAIR BUT IT MIGHT BE BETTER TO HAVE A FORMAL REQUEST CHAIR TO CHAIR.

>>Lynn Gray: WE'LL DO THAT THEN. VERY GOOD. THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, I THINK IT'S YOUR TURN FOR COMMENTS. IF YOU WILL GET INTO THE QUEUE. UNLESS I AM MISTAKEN, AND THERE IS AN AGENDA ITEM THAT GOT MANEUVERED. ARE YOU SURE? OKAY. BOARD MEMBERS, LET'S SEE YOUR NAME SO I CAN START CALLING YOU. RIGHT NOW I DON'T SEE ANYONE'S NAME. MEMBER COMBS, MEMBER VAUGHN, MEMBER WASHINGTON, MEMBER PEREZ. DO YOU WANT TO SHARE TONIGHT? LET'S GO AHEAD. WE'LL PUT YOU DOWN JUST IN CASE YOU DO. MEMBER PEREZ. AND THEN LAST BUT NOT LEAST, MEMBER GRAY. OKAY, MEMBER COMBS, GO.

>>Nadia Combs: I AM GOING TO MAKE JUST A QUICK COMMENT AND THEN AFTER THAT I HAVE A SHORT VIDEO TO SHARE. JUST A REALLY QUICK COMMENT THAT I WANTED TO MAKE, I WAS A SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER AND I OFTEN TAUGHT STUDENTS ABOUT FEDERAL RIGHTS, STATES RIGHTS AND LOCAL RIGHTS. ONE OF THE REASONS THAT I WAS ELECTED LOCALLY IS TO REPRESENT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AND SO I REALLY FIRMLY BELIEVE IN EDUCATION, AND I FIRMABLY BELIEVE IN PARENT CHOICE. AND SO I THINK THAT THE IDEA OF CHARTERS AND ALL THAT, PEOPLE ARE DISCUSSING IT AS IF IT'S SOMETHING POLITICAL, AND IT'S NOT POLITICAL. AT THE END OF THE DAY IT'S ABOUT CHILDREN. WHAT IS GOING TO BE BEST FOR CHILDREN? AND I BELIEVE THAT IF WE HAVE A STATE GOVERNMENT THAT IS OVERREACHING IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, OFTEN YOU HEAR THAT WE DON'T WANT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OVERREACHING STATE RIGHTS. AND NOW WE HAVE TALLAHASSEE OVERREACHING HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. SO IT IS VERY DIFFICULT FOR ME TO UNDERSTAND. THAT'S THE FIRST PART. THE SECOND PART, IF YOU ARE GOING TO OVERREACH, THEN AT LEAST ENSURE THAT CHARTER SCHOOLS HAVE THE SAME ACCOUNTABILITY, HAVE THE SAME TRANSPARENCY, AND HAVE THE SAME REGULATIONS THAT PUBLIC SCHOOLS DO. IF YOU THINK THAT WE HAVE TO HAVE CERTIFIED TEACHERS, THEN DON'T BRING A SCHOOL OF HOPE HERE THAT DON'T HAVE CERTIFIED TEACHERS. IF YOU TELL US WE NEED TO HAVE MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALISTS, THEN DON'T BE UPSET WHEN WE ARE UNHAPPY THAT CHARTER SCHOOLS DON'T HAVE THE MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS, OR THEY DON'T HAVE NURSES, OR THEY DON'T HAVE LIBRARIES. I THINK AT THE END OF THE DAY IT'S NOT ABOUT -- IT'S ABOUT WHAT IS BEST FOR CHILDREN, AND HOW DO WE EDUCATE PARENTS TO FIND OUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR PRIVATE SCHOOLS. THAT'S UP TO THEM. BUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE CHARTER SCHOOLS? BECAUSE EVERYONE HAS TO RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CHARTER SCHOOLS. SO IF A CHARTER SCHOOLS CLOSES AFTER THREE YEARS AND REOPENS AND ADOPTED HAVE TO SHOW A GRADE, WE AREN'T ALLOWED TO DO THAT AS A PUBLIC SCHOOL ENTITY. WHY ARE CHARTER SCHOOLS ALLOWED TO DO THAT? SO MY MAIN POINT IS, IF YOU ARE GOING TO OVERREACH INTO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, THEN MAKE SURE THAT THE SAME REQUIREMENTS ARE PERMITTED AND GUIDE IN PUBLIC AND CHARTER SCHOOLS. THAT'S WHAT I WANTED TO SAY. AT THE END. DAY IT'S ABOUT CHILDREN. CHILDREN LIKE MEMBER WASHINGTON AND MEMBER VAUGHN AND I, WE HAD THE WONDERFUL, YOU KNOW, PLEASURE TO GO SEE ON THE GENTLEMAN'S QUESTION OF TAMPA BAY STEM CAMP AND THERE WERE KIDS THEREIN FROM PUBLIC SCHOOLS, CHARTER SCHOOLS, AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS, AND WE WERE ALL THERE TO SUPPORT THEM. SO WE WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW, WE SUPPORT ALL CHILDREN, BUT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT ACCOUNTABILITY IS ACROSS THE BOARD. SO WITH THAT, I WANTED TO SHARE A VERY POSITIVE VIDEO THAT THREE OF US WERE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN, WITH MR. MYRICK WHO GUIDED US AND HE IS IN CHARGE AND WE CAN SEE SOME OF THESE WONDERFUL CHILDREN. ∫ SHOWCASING THEIR DESIGN FOR A COFFEE SHOP CALLED THE COCONUT CAFE.

>> DID IT TAKE A LOT OF MATH. IT TOOK A LOT OF SKILLS. I HAD TO LOOK UP A LOT OF THE THINGS AND MAKE THE MODEL ACTUALLY REPRESENTATIVE OF WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE.

>> STUDENTS TAKING PART IN GENTLEMAN'S QUEST OF TAMPA SUMMER STUDENT CAMP SPENT THREE WEEKS IMPROVING THEIR WRITING AND MATH SKILLS, AND EXPLORING VARIOUS STEM RELATED CAREERS. THEY LEARNED ABOUT THINGS LIKE ARCHITECTURE, BLUEPRINT DESIGN AND INDUSTRIAL PLANNING. AS A PROJECT THE TEENS WERE GIVEN A TASK OF DESIGNING A HOME OR BUSINESS USING A 40-FOOT CONTAINER.

>> WHILE INTERIOR DESIGN, AND TAKING INTO ACCOUNT REAL LIFE SITUATIONS, AND LAKE POSSIBILITIES LIKE THE WEATHER, OR WHERE IT'S LOCATED, AND --

>> STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO MAKE THESE PROJECTS THEIR OWN.

>> THEY HAD TO DETERMINE WHO THEIR CLIENT PROFILE WAS, WHERE DID THEY WANT TO PLACE THIS RESIDENTIAL CONTAINER, OR THEIR BUSINESS. THEY HAD TO DETERMINE WHAT WAS GOING ON THE INSIDE AND THE OUTSIDE SO THEY REALLY PUT IN THE EFFORT TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.

>> AS FOR MILES AND THE TEAM THEY THINK THEY HAVE COME UP WITH A WINNING CONCEPT.

>> I THINK IT CAN BE A REAL BUSINESS ONE DAY, BECAUSE HE PUT A LOT OF EFFORT INTO MAKING IT REALISTIC.

>> THE TEENS ARE LEARNING THAT EVEN WITH LIMITED SPACE, THE POSSIBILITIES ARE LIMIT-LESS AND SO IS THEIR POTENTIAL.  IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, LORI DAVIDSON, SPECTRUM BAY NEWS 9.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER COMBS.

>> AND THANK YOU TO THE COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT FOR PUTTING THAT TOGETHER.

>>Lynn Gray: AND WE HAVE A GREAT COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT. SO THANK YOU. MEMBER VAUGHN AND THEN MEMBER WASHINGTON. AND MEMBER PEREZ.

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I HAD SIMILAR THOUGHTS AS MEMBER COMBS. I JUST WANT TO BE REMAINED THE PUBLIC THAT THIS SCHOOL BOARD WAS CREATED BECAUSE WE KNOW WHAT'S BEST FOR OUR DISTRICT. WE ARE A BOARD THAT OVERSEES TO MAKE SURE THAT THE DECISIONS THAT ARE BEING MADE ARE BEING MADE BY PEOPLE IN OUR DISTRICT WHO HAVE HAD EXPERIENCE IN OUR SCHOOLS AND HAVE A PASSION FOR OUR DISTRICT, AND THERE'S NOT A MEMBER ON THIS BOARD WHO ISN'T REALLY INVESTED IN THE SUCCESS OF OUR STUDENTS. AND I FIND THAT THE STAFF THERE IS IN FLUX NOW, AN ATTACK ON HOME RULE WHICH IS LOCAL BODIES' ABILITIES TO REGULATE THEIR OWN MUNICIPALITIES AND MAKE DECISIONS FOR THEIR OWN DISTRICTS. TO BE ANTI-DEMOCRATIC, HONESTLY. OUR DEMOCRACY IS FOUNDED ON REPRESENTATIONAL GOVERNMENT, AND THE VOTERS VOTED TO ELECT ALL OF US TO MAKE THE BEST DECISIONS FOR OUR DISTRICT, AND PUT THEIR TRUST IN US. AND FOR ANY STATE LEVEL GOVERNMENT TO SUPERSEDE HOME RULE AND TO TRY TO TAKE OVER OR WRITE LETTERS IF THEY DON'T LIKE DECISIONS WE MAKE OR THREATEN TO WITHHOLD FUND THAT REALLY AFFECTS NOT THIS BOARD BUT THE STUDENTS IN OUR CLASSROOM BY WITHHOLDING THE FUNDS, THE ESSER FUNDS WHEN IT'S ANY FUND IN GENERAL, EVERY PONY IS CRUCIAL TO THE SUCCESS TO OUR STUDENTS. SO TO PUNISH OUR STUDENTS BECAUSE ANY STATE BOARD OR ANY STATE GOVERNMENT DOESN'T LIKE THE DECISIONS THAT WE ARE MAKING THAT ARE BEING DONE IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR DISTRICT, TO ME, IS A DIRECT ATTACK ON DEMOCRACY. AND I THINK IT'S SOMETHING THAT IS VERY CONCERNING, AND SOMETHING THAT OUR COMMUNITY SHOULD BE ENGAGED IN. AND OUR STATE IN GENERAL. BECAUSE WE CAN'T CALL OURSELVES PATRIOTS IF WE ARE NOT ATTACHED TO THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS AND ALLOWING SELF-GOVERNING BODIES TO DO WHAT'S BEST FOR THEM BASED ON THEIR CONSTITUENTS THOUGH ELECTED THEM. SO THAT'S ALL I AM GOING TO SAY ON THAT. I KNOW I AM OVER TIME BUT I DID QUANTITY TO JUST TAKE A MINUTE BECAUSE I HAD A CONVERSATION ON SOCIAL MEDIA THIS WEEK ABOUT SOME BOOKS THAT MY SON WAS READING AND IT LED ME DOWN A CONVERSATION WHERE SOMEBODY ASKED WHAT OUR SUMMER READING LISTS WERE AND I KNOW MEMBER HAHN ALWAYS SAYS SPECTACULAR JOB TALKING ABOUT MAYION AND ACCESS AND SUMMER READING CHALLENGES. IN LIEU OF HER BEING HERE I WANT TO KIND OF CIRCLE BACK TO THAT CONVERSATION AND I KNOW WE HAD SOME SLIDES THAT WE DO HAVE RECOMMENDED READING LISTS ON OUR WEBSITE, WE HAVE IT THROUGH MYON. I KNOW DR. HAHN HAS SUGGESTED WE PARTNER WITH OUR PUBLIC LIBRARY, OUR MEDIA SPECIALISTS SEND OUT INFORMATION. I KNOW I HAVE GOTTEN AN E-MAIL FROM MY PRINCIPAL. CAN WE SHOW THE PDF ON OUR WEBSITE THAT LINKS TO SUMMER READING LIST? BECAUSE THE SLADE IS A VERY REALISTIC THING.  SO WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE ENCOURAGING OUR STUDENTS, OUR CHILDREN, TO READ TO BE ENGAGED IN READING, TO FIND WAYS TO REALLY ENJOY, SO HERE IS A LIST THAT WE HAVE ON OUR DISTRICT WEBSITE THAT YOU CAN FIND ABOUT RECOMMENDED READING LISTS, WE PARTNER WITH THE RAYS ON ONE OF THEM, AND THE RAYS TALK ABOUT GIVING ACCESS TO READING, THEY HAVE THEIR OWN SUMMER READING LIST. AGAIN, IF WE HAVE PROBLEMS WITH ACCESSIBILITY TO OUR READING MATERIALS, WE HAVE MYON WHICH DOES REQUIRE A LOG-ON, BUT IF YOU HAVE INTERNET ACCESS IT PUTS A THOUSAND BOOKS AT YOUR BEGINNINGER TIPS. LIKE I SAID DR. HAHN ALWAYS DOES A GREAT JOB. I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR TO ALL OUR PARENTS AND GUARDIANS THAT WE HAVE SUPPORT SYSTEMS, WE HAVE READING LISTS, PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR STUDENTS TO GET ON MYON AND DO WHAT THEY NEED TO DO BUT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE KEEPING OUR LITERACY SKILLS FOCUSED IN THE SUMMERTIME AND THE DISTRICT IS COMMITTED TO MAKING SURE WE HAVE THE LIST AVAILABLE AND PARTNERSHIPS AND THERE'S A PLETHORA OF INFORMATION ON THE WEBSITE. I JUST WANTED TO REMIND PEOPLE THAT AND ENCOURAGE PARENTS PARENTS TO UTILIZE IT. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS YOU CAN ALWAYS -- MAIL ME PERSONALLY BECAUSE I AM EXTREMELY PASSIONATE. SO I WANT TO TAN THE TIME TO HIGHLIGHT THAT. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME THE EXTRA TIME.

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

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: THAN K YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I HAVE THE BEST TIME IN MY LIFE LAST WEEK OR THIS WEEK BECAUSE I HAD A CHANCE TO VISIT VPK, AN OUTSTANDING PROGRAM. I WENT TO CLAIR MEL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND ALSO WENT TO THONOTOSASSA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, AND I AM TELLING YOU NOW, THOSE KIDS ARE PHENOMENAL, THOSE FOUR-YEAR-OLDS, AND THEY LOVE TO TALK, THEY LOVE TO HAVE A GREAT TIME, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT I FOUND OUT, TOO? AND MANY OF NOW IF YOU HAVE BEEN IN HIGH SCHOOL, WALK INTO A CLASSROOM, AND THEY HAVE STUDENTS DRAWING, YOU WILL GO BERSERK. WHEN I WALKED IN, THE FIRST THING I SAW THE KIDS DRAWING, AND IT FLASHED FLASHED BACK IN MY MIND, WHEN I SPOKE TO -- WHEN I SPOKE TO LEWIS MURPHY, HE GAVE ALL THE INFORMATION THAT I NEEDED TO KNOW, NEEDED TO NO. HE SAID, NOW, WHEN YOU GO, YOU WATCH HOW THOSE KIDS' MOTOR SKILLS ARE WORKING. AND I FOUND OUT FEMALE MOTOR SKILLS ARE BETTER THAN THE GUYS AT THAT AGE BECAUSE THEY WOULD JOIN AND COLORING, THEY STAYED WITHIN THE LINES. THE GUYS WERE ALL OVER THE PLACE. AND IT WAS -- IT'S KIND OF UNIQUE. YOU LOOK AND SAY, WOW, THEY ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE. BUT THE YOUNG LADIES, THEY WERE IN LINE, AND THEY ENJOYED LEARNING. YEAH, THEY ENJOYED LEARNING. THEY HAD A GROUP WHO WERE READING AND THEY WERE JUST HAVING A BLAST. BUT I GOT TO TELL YOU THIS STORY RIGHT QUICK. I WALKED OVER TO THE LITTLE GIRL, I SAID, WHY ARE YOU COLORING THAT ELEPHANT? I THINK SHE HAD PURPLE AND RED. I SAID, WHY ARE YOU COLORING PURPLE AND RED? SHE LOOKED AT ME AND SAID, BECAUSE I LIKE THIS COLOR. I SAID, WELL, YOU ARE RIGHT THEN. IT'S A PURPLE AND RED ELEPHANT, I GUESS. BUT THEY ARE SO INVOLVED IN LEARNING. AND I THOUGHT ABOUT IT. I SAID, IF WE COULD GET KIDS INVOLVED IN LEARNING, WE COULD BE SUCCESSFUL IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I HAD A GREAT TIME. AND I WANT TO THANK CLAIR MEL, I WANT TO THANK THE VPK TEACHER, THE SUPERVISOR WAS THERE, EARLY CHILDHOOD, LEWIS MURPHY AND ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL JOHNNY SOLOMON. THEN WHEN I WENT TO THONOTOSASSA I ENJOYED THE VISIT THERE BECAUSE THE VPK TEACHER, WHO IS A VPK TEACHER, SHOWED WHO WAS A VPK SUPERVISOR, AND I WAS HAPPY TO SEE BECAUSE HE'S ONE OF MY FORMER STUDENTS. I TAUGHT HIM IN HIGH SCHOOL AND ALSO ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL. SO I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR DOING A GREAT JOB WITH THOSE KIDS. THANK YOU. AND HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.

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

>>Karen Perez: HI. SO FIRST, I WANT TO ANNOUNCE THAT AUGUST 5th AND 6th WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A MENTAL HEALTH CONVERSATION, CALLED SCHOOL REFRESH MENTAL HEALTH, AND IT'S FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS TO HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH THEIR STUDENTS, AND ANY QUESTIONS THAT PARENTS HAVE REGARDING GETTING THEIR STUDENTS PREPARED TO GO BACK TO BE SCHOOL. THOSE STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN ON eLearning, OR EVEN THE PUTIN STUDENTS THAT WENT BACK TO SCHOOL BRICK AND MORTAR, BUT GETTING THEM READY, ANY QUESTIONS THEY MIGHT HAVE REGARDING THEIR STUDENTS, AND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE SUPPLIES FOR THE STUDENTS AT THOSE MEANT A HEALTH CONVERSATIONS AND I AM REALLY EXCITED ABOUT IT. MORE TO COME. THE ANNOUNCEMENTS WILL BE THERE ABOUT WHAT SCHOOLS WILL BE ENGAGED IN THOSE CONVERSATIONS. BUT THERE WILL BE IN-PERSON CONVERSATIONS. ALSO, SUPERINTENDENT, I WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR GETTING OUR SCHOOLS READY, ONE OF THE SCHOOLS READY WHEN ELSA CAME THROUGH. YOU KNOW, AND HAVING OUR STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN MIND. I KNOW THAT A LOT OF FOLKS WERE KIND ENOUGH -- I WORK IN THE HEALTH CARE FIELD, AND AS I WAS CALLING PATIENTS TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY WERE OKAY, THAT THEY HAD SUPPLIES, AND I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE IN TAMPA KIND OF DON'T WORRY ABOUT WHEN A HURRICANE COMES THROUGH, BUT TO HEAR YOU SAY, BUT ALSO WANT TO THANK THE SCHOOL AND STAFF WHO WERE READY TO HELP IN CASE WE NEEDED TO HAVE OUR SCHOOLS OPEN AS A SHELTER. SO I WANTED TO PUT THAT OUT THERE AND LET NOW THAT I SO APPRECIATE WHAT YOU DO FOR THIS COMMUNITY ALONG WITH OUR STUDENTS AND OUR FAMILIES. SO THANK YOU. AND THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ. AND JUST DOUBLING DOWN ON THAT, THANK YOU TO OUR SUPERINTENDENT, INDEED, I BELIEVE THE EVACUATION CENTER AT RIVERVIEW, HOW MANY FAMILIES DID WE HAVE ATTEND? 49?

>>Addison Davis: I THINK WE HAD 41 WERE ABLE TO -- WE HAD PETS AS WELL. SO BRAND NEW PRINCIPAL THERE, JUST GOT ENGAGED INTO THE FIRST COUPLE OF DAYS ON THE JOB OPENING UP THE CENTER, REALLY NICE JOB, SO WE THANK THE STAFF FOR BEING ON-SITE THROUGH OPERATION, SAFETY, SECURITY, TO BE ABLE TO HELP THAT PROCESS ANDS ALSO BEING ABLE TO GET IT READY FOR OUR STUDENTS TO COME BACK FOR SUMMER SCHOOL.

>>Lynn Gray: THAT'S EXCELLENT. YES, YOU WERE VERY PROACTIVE AND REALLY WELL KEEPING THE PUBLIC INFORMED, BUT ALSO THE BOARD MEMBERS. SO WE APPRECIATE IT REAL QUICK. AND I KNOW THE TIME IS LATE. MEMBER WASHINGTON VISITED A VPK AND I WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH LEWIS MURPHY, AND I AM GLAD THAT THE GREAT WORK THAT THEY ARE DOING, AND THE IDEA TO EXPAND IT, THE VPK. I KNOW MS. BROWN IS SMILING THERE. BUT WE KNOW THAT THE MORE EDUCATION WE GIVE THEM EARLY ON, THE BETTER THEY ARE GOING TO DO. AND THEY ARE ANIMATED KID. ONE OF MY GRANDDAUGHTERS IS AT THAT AGE. SO HOW WELL I ALSO KNOW. I THINK ALSO I WANTED TO RIGHT NOW JUST THANK THE CHILDREN'S BOARD. THEY ARE GOING TO PUT ON THEIR FIRST HEALTH FAIR NEXT -- THIS FRIDAY AT DOVER, A VERY HIGH NEEDS AREA, DOVER, NECESSARY SEFFNER, AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC OF COURSE, AND FREE PHYSICAL, DENTAL CARE, EVERY AFFILIATION FOR HEALTH AND WOHLNESS GIVEN TO A HIGH NEEDS AREA, AND THE NEXT WEEK IS LENNARD HIGH SCHOOL, WHICH DENISE SA BINA, THE PRINCIPAL DOES IT EVERY YEAR, THANK YOU, DENISE, BUT DR. MAPPERY A ROSS WHO IS IN CHARGE OF PUTTING ALL OF THIS TOGETHER AGAIN, GIVING THE PHYSICALS, THE EYE EXAMS, THE MENTAL WELLNESS CHECKS, AND ALSO I BELIEVE SHE'S GIVING OUT THE COVID VACCINES, I'M ALMOST POSITIVE. BUT THEY ARE BASICALLY DELIVERING THE BASIC MEDICAL NEEDS FOR THESE CHILDREN CAN GET INTO SCHOOL, THE IMMUNIZATIONS, AND I DON'T KNOW WHETHER THE PUBLIC KNOWS THAT WE HAVE THESE HEALTH FAIRS. WE HAVE ABOUT FIVE OF THEM. AND ACTUALLY MEMBER COMBS IS ONE, IF I AM NOT MISTAKEN, AT LETO WHERE THEY USED TO BE. SO WE WILL LOOK AT THAT, TOO. I DID WANT TO SAY BIG TIME, IT WAS -- THANK YOU, MEMBER COMBS, FOR LETTING ME SAY THIS, FROM HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL, WE HAD AARON YOUNG NITTON IS THE AMERICAN MALE SPRINTER SPECIALIZING IN THE 100 METERS AND 200-METER EVENT. HE HOLDS CURRENTLY THE WORLD RECORD UNDER 18 AND WORLD UNDER 20 RECORDS IN THE 200 METERS. YES, MEMBER WASHINGTON, 200 METERS WITH A TIME OF 19.84 SECOND. NOW, MAIN WAS THE FASTEST. I DON'T KNOW WHAT SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS WAS, BUT THE FASTEST I COULD DO WAS 45 SECOND. DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR 200?

>>Addison Davis: I DO NOT BUT I KNOW WE DO PAY-PER-VIEW AND SEE IF WE CAN RAISE SOME MONEY, YOU KNOW. SO WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE WIND THROUGH HIS HAIR.

>>Lynn Gray: WE ARE GOING TO WORK ON HIM, PROBABLY IN ABOUT TEN MINUTES, AND THE YOUNGEST OLYMPIAN, THE YOUNGEST OLYMPIAN. AND THE IDEA IS, THIS IS UNDER 18 YEARS OLD IN THE WORLD. AND I THINK -- AND FROM A GRADUATE FROM HILLSBOROUGH HEY. SO THERE'S A WHOLE BIO. SO, YEAH. HE'S ALMOST GRADUATED. NOT GRADUATED YET. SO JUST KNOW THAT WE HAVE FAMOUS RUNNERS IN OUR MIDST, AND OUR STUDENTS ARE PART OF IT. SO JUST ALSO ON THE BOAT THAT WE % NEAR THE BOLTS, THE BOLTS, WE HAD A PRESIDENT AND A CEO OF LINKS, BUT THE POINT IS, PENNY PARK, BIG TIME CONTRIBUTOR TO OUR SCHOOLS, SHE EXEMPLIFIES THE CEOs, THIS IS A QUOTE, IN OUR SCHOOLS, AND SHE IS ALL ABOUT SAYING TO EVERYONE, ANYONE WHO WILL LISTEN -- THIS GOES TO YOUR POINT, MEMBER COMBS AND MEMBER VAUGHN -- HER FIRST REMARKS CAME ABOUT HOW GREAT THE PRINCIPAL AND THE SCHOOL WAS. IT WAS TAMPA BAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THAT WAS HER FIRST REMARK. NOW WHAT DOES THAT SAY? AND I UNDERSTAND THE PROS AND CONS OF THE CHARTER SCHOOLS ONLY TOO WELL, BUT THERE'S ONLY TWO THINGS I THINK THAT WE CAN PUT IN A NUTSHELL. ALL WE WANT IS EQUAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND EQUAL OVERSIGHT. AND THAT TO THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. I THINK THAT'S THE BIGGEST ASK. BUT AT ANY RATE, WE HAVE TONIGHT, I THINK GREAT THINGS FROM OUR OWN SCHOOLS, AND WE ARE VERY PROUD OF OUR DISTRICT, AND WE INTEND TO SHOWCASE IT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS, FOR YOUR HEARTFELT COMMENTS AS WALLS ALWAYS. AND SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, THANK YOU HIMSELF FOR PUTTING TOGETHER A GREAT AGENDA. THANK YOU, STAFF, AS ALWAYS FOR BEING I WANT TO SAY ALERT, I TRIED MY BEST. AND NOW HERE I AM YAPPING SO I AM GOING TO GO AHEAD AT THIS POINT IN TIME AND ADJOURN. (MEETING ADJOURNED)