Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Board Meeting from September 7, 2023 - 4:00 p.m.

>>Nadia Combs: HI, I AM NADIA  COMBS, CHAIR OF THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD.  I WANT TO WELCOME YOU TO  HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC  SCHOOLS.  WE SERVE MORE THAN 200,000  STUDENTS.  THAT INCLUDE CHILDREN IN  PRESCHOOL THROUGH ADULTS IN OUR  WORKFORCE PROGRAM.  

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: I AM HENRY "SHAKE" WASHINGTON, THE  BOARD VICE-CHAIR.  OUR DISTRICT IS THE SEVENTH  LARGEST IN AMERICA AND OUR TEAM  IS MADE UP OF MORE THAN 24,000  PEOPLE WORKING AT NEARLY 250  SITES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.  

>>Lynn Gray: HOUR DISTRICT IS  DIVERSE AROUND DEDICATED.  ALL BOARD MEETINGS ARE HELD IN  OUR BOARD AUDITORIUM ON SELECT  TUESDAYS AT 4 P.M.  THE BEST WAY TO SERVE OUR  STUDENTS AND OUR COMMUNITY IS TO INCLUDE YOU, THE PUBLIC, IN WHAT WE DO.  

>>Jessica Vaughn: 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 635 AND FRONTIER  CHANNEL 32.  

>> MEETINGS ARE ON OUR WEB SITE  AT HILLSBOROUGHSCHOOLS.ORG AND  CLOSED CAPTIONING IS AVAILABLE  AND PAST MEETINGS IN OUR  ARCHIVE.  

>>Patti Rendon: WE ARE  INTERESTED IN WHAT THE PUBLIC  HAS TO SAY.  WE WILL HAVE TIME FOR AUDIENCE  COMMENTS BEFORE WE ADDRESS OUR  BUSINESS ITEMS.  MATERIALS CAN BE VIEWED ONLINE  IN ADVANCE.  THEY ARE POSTED SEVEN DAYS  BEFORE EACH MEETING ON OUR WEB  SITE AT HILLSBOROUGHSCHOOLS.ORG.

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

>>Nadia Combs: THE BOARD MEETING OF SEPTEMBER 7, 2023 IS CALLED  TO ORDER.  MEMBER WASHINGTON WILL LEAD US  IN A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOLLOWED  BY OUR DUAL LANGUAGE STUDENTS  FROM WHO WILL FROM IN SPANISH  AND ENGLISH IN HONOR OF HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH.  

>>Henry "Shake" Washington:  THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, PLEASE  JOIN ME IN A MOMENT OF SILENCE.  [MOMENT OF SILENCE] THANK YOU.  AND PLEASE STAND FOR THE PLEDGE  OF ALLEGIANCE.  [PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE]

>> I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE  FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF  AMERICA.  AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IS STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD,  INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND  JUSTICE FOR ALL.  [THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE IN  SPANISH] . [APPLAUSE]

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: VERY GOOD.  

>>Nadia Combs: AWESOME! . [APPLAUSE]

>> ELIJAH.  

>> CASSIDY.  

>> AVA.  

>> ALEXANDER.  

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: YOU  GUYS ARE GOOD! WHOO! . [APPLAUSE]

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU.  

>> CHEESE!

>>Nadia Combs: AW!

>>Henry "Shake" Washington:  THANK YOU.  

>>Nadia Combs: WONDERFUL.  

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: YOU  KNOW WE MAY HAVE TO HAVE THEM  BACK AGAIN.  THEY DID A GREAT JOB.  

>>Nadia Combs: YEAH, IT WAS  WONDERFUL.  GREAT JOB.  

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

>>Nadia Combs: SO CUTE.  MEMBER WASHINGTON, WILL YOU  PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE OUR STUDENT  ENTERTAINMENT.  

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: YES, THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.  I WOULD LIKE TO THANK REDDICK  ELEMENTARY, DUAL, AND GAITHER  HIGH SCHOOL HISPANIC HERITAGE  PRESENTATION ALONG WITH DR.  DANES AND THOMAS MAR.  THESE STUDENTS ENTERTAINED US  PRIOR TO THE BOARD MEETING.  AT THIS POINT, WILL YOU COME UP. INVITE THE STUDENTS UP TO  INTRODUCE THEMSELVES.  [ APPLAUSE ]

>> HELLO, JENNIFER FERNANDEZ AND I AM IN 11th GRADE.  

>> HELLO,   SERIO IN THE 12th  GRADE.  

>> HELLO, I AM ANTONIO AND IN  12th GRADE.  

>> HI, SOYA VELASQUEZ IN 10th  GRADE.  

>> HELLO.  MY NAME IS JEWEL MAN IN.  AND I AM IN THE 11th GRADE.  

>> HELLO, ABRAHAM, AND I AM IN  THE 11th GRADE.  

>> HELLO, FRANKIE PEREZ AND I AM IN THE 11th GRADE.  

>> HI, MY NAME ISIMEDA IF AND I  AM FROM GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL.  

>> I AM IN FOURTH GRADE.  

>> HELLO, MY NAME IS MADELINE  PEREZ AND I AM IN FOURTH GRADE.  

>> I AM ANA LEASE AND I AM IN  FOURTH GRADE.  

>> HELLO, MY NAME IS MIRANDA AND I AM IN FOURTH GRADE.  

>> HI, MY NAME IS HALERA AND IN  FOURTH GRADE.  

>> HI, MY NAME IS JASON AND TIME IN FOURTH GRADE.  

>> HI, I AM ELIAS, THIRD GRADE.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, I AM A  TEACHER -- DUAL FIRST GRADE AT  REDDICK ELEMENTARY.  

>> HI, LAURIE GUADELUPE AND I AM THE INTERVENTIONIST AT REDDICK  ELEMENTARY.  

>> AND I AM JENNIFER DAMES, THE  PROUD PRINCIPAL OF REDDICK  ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.  

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: ALL  RIGHT! THANK YOU! NOW, YES, IF WE HAVE ANY  PARENTS, PLEASE COME UP AND TAKE PICTURES ALSO.  

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: ALL  RIGHT.  THANK YOU ALL.  GREAT JOB.  THANK YOU SO MUCH.  [ APPLAUSE ] WE HAVE SOME GREAT STUDENTS IN  HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY.  SEE YA.  SEE YA.  

>>Nadia Combs: I KNOW EVERYONE  REALLY, REALLY ENJOYED IT.  WONDERFUL JOB.  WE HAVE NO WITHDRAWN ITEMS  TODAY.  I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO  ADOPT THE AGENDA.  MOTION BY MEMBER GRAY.  A SECOND BY MEMBER WASHINGTON.  ANY DISCUSSION? PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS  APPEAR.  AND IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.  MEMBER VAUGHN AND MEMBER HAHN  NOT ON THE DAIS.  LET THE RECORD REFLECT THAT ALL  MEMBERS ARE PRESENT TODAY WITH  THE EXCEPTION OF DR. HAHN.  WE HAVE ONE SET OF MINUTES TO BE APPROVED AUGUST 22, 2023, SCHOOL BOARD MEETING.  I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO  APPROVE THE MINUTES.  A MOTION BY MEMBER GRAY.  I HAVE A SECOND BY MEMBER PEREZ. ANY DISCUSSION? IF NOT, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR  LIGHTS APPEAR.  AND IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.  BOARD MEMBERS, I WOULD LIKE TO  GO OVER THE FORMAT OF TODAY'S  MEETING.  AS A REMINDER A NONPARTISAN  BOARD WHO BELIEVE THAT ALL  CHILDREN CAN BE EMPOWERED TO  LEARN TO SUCCEED AND OUR  DECISIONS WILL BE MADE WITH THAT UNDERSTANDING .TO PAVE THE WAY  FOR EFFECTIVE AGENDA STATEMENTS  AND QUESTIONS, BOARD MEMBERS  WILL HAVE FIVE MINUTES TO SPEAK  WITH 30 SECONDS FOR FINAL  THOUGHTS.  AFTERWARD THE SUPERINTENDENT CAN RESPOND.  IF YOU HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS  YOU ARE ASKED TO GET BACK IN THE QUEUE.  MEMBER WASHINGTON WILL READ THE  BOARD GUIDELINES.  

>>Henry "Shake" Washington:  THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.  AS WE BEGIN THIS MORNING'S  AFTERNOON, LET ME REVIEW THE  FORMAT.  PLEASE SILENCE LEG TROPIC  DEVICES.  SPEAKERS IN THE ROOM TO ALLOW  BOARD MEMBERS TO HEAR MEETING  UPON STEPPING AWAY FROM THE  DAIS.  THIS MEETING CAN BE VIEW WITH  CLOSED CAPTIONING ON LIVE  WEBCAST ON CABLE TV AND ON VIDEO MONITORS HIRE IN THE AUDITORIUM. IT CAN BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED  CAPTIONING IN THE ONLINE VIDEO  ARCHIVES.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MEMBER WASHINGTON WASHINGTON.  WE HAVE TWO ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR  TIME CERTAIN, 5:01, PUBLIC  HEARING AND 6:00 PUBLIC INPUT.  WE WILL NOW MOVE TO PUBLIC  COMMENT.  THE BOARD WELCOMES COMMENTS FROM CITIZENS AND VALUE YOUR INPUT TO THE BOARD.  TO PROVIDE THE MOST  COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSE TO YOUR  COMMENTS, OUR STAFF WILL FOLLOW  UP WITH YOU.  OUR SCHOOL BOARD RESPECTS THE  PUBLIC'S RIGHT TO SPEAK TO THE  BOARD AND WE APPRECIATE YOU  TAKING THE TIME TO BE HERE.  HOWEVER, IT IS REQUESTED THAT  WITH EN YOU ADDRESS THE BOARD  THAT COMMENTS ARE NOT ADDRESSED  PERSONALLY TO A BOARD MEMBER OR  STAFF MEMBER, BUT RATHER  DIRECTED AT THE ISSUE.  ANY BEHAVIOR THAT WILL DISRUPT  THE ORDERLY CONDUCT OF THE  MEETING WILL NOT BE ALLOWED AND  CIVILITY POLICY IS IN PLACE.  ADDRESS YOUR NAME HAND THIS  AFTERNOON EACH SPEAKER WILL HAVE THREE MINUTES.  REMINDER THAT YOUR THREE MINUTES START WHEN YOU BEGIN SPEAKING.  30 SECONDS LEFT, YOU WILL SEE  THE YELLOW LIGHT ON THE LECTERN, A RED LIGHT AND A CHIME WILL  INDICATE WHEN YOUR TIME IS UP.  IF ALL THE SPEAKERS CAN LINE UP  AGAINST THE WALL.  IF WE CAN HAVE THE FIRST  SPEAKER.  WE ONLY HAVE A HANDFUL TONIGHT .

>> MARK KLUTHO, LARGO.  HOW ABOUT THIS HEADLINE,  VOUCHERS PAY FOR TV'S DISNEY.  OH, YEAH, FROM THE REPUBLICANS  AND GOVERNOR RON DE FUHUR,  WELCOME FOR THE RICH.  ISN'T THAT WONDERFUL.  YEAH.  AND HERE IS THE HEADLINE, SOON  OUR OCEANS COULD FEEL LIKE  JACUZZIS.  THIS IS WRITTEN BY THE WOMAN  THAT SWAM TEN YEARS AGO FROM  CUBA TO FLORIDA.  SHE SAYS SHE COULDN'T DO THAT  TODAY.  AND HERE, THIS HEADLINE FROM THE "NEW YORK TIMES." TEACHING CLIMATE CHANGE WHEN THE CURRICULUM AVOID IT.  WELL, YEAH, YOU IGNORED THE  SCIENCE THAT MAKES FOR THE SMART HIGH-PERFORMANCE PASSIVE SOLAR  BUILDINGS THAT DEMONSTRATES THE  SCIENCE THAT SHE SHOULD BE  TEACHING.  AH, HOW ABOUT THAT.  AND THEN HERE, LOOK AT THIS ONE. TECHNOLOGY CAN SQUEEZE MORE OUT  OF THE POWER GRID.  WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PICTURE.  YEAH.  WELL, THERE'S MORE ON HERE.  ROBERT ZUINGLO MISSES THE POINT  ENTIRELY.  DECENTRALIZATION.  IF YOU WERE MAKING THOSE HIGH  PERFORMANCE PASSIVE SOLAR  BUILDINGS, THEN YOU DON'T RELY  SO HEAVILY ON THE GRID.  OH, MAN, I'LL TELL YOU, IT'S THE DOGGONE SHAME.  YEAH, AND THAT LAST MEETING WITH THE -- WITH THE BUDGET, 501 IS  5:01.  THAT IS CERTAIN, TIME CERTAIN.  YOU KNOW, I'LL TELL YOU.  YOU NEED TO WATCH THE PINELLAS  SCHOOLS BUDGE HEARING TO LEARN  HOW TO DO IT.  YOU WEREN'T DOING IT RIGHT UNTIL I INSISTED THAT YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO HAVE TWO HEARINGS.  ONE FOR THE MILLAGE.  ONE FOR THE BUDGET.  THAT'S HOW THE LAW STATES.  I AM SPEAKING FOR THE ATTORNEY  HERE.  YOU WEREN'T DOING IT RIGHT.  YOU SAY YOU KNOW SO MUCH ABOUT  THE LAW.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU.  

>> BUT YOU DON'T!

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU.  NEXT SPEAKER, PLEASE.  

>> HELLO.  MY NAME IS ANT AVILA AND I AM  THE COMMUNITY ORGANIZER WITH  EQUALITY FLORIDA.  IN THAT ROLE, WE HEAR FROM  TEACHERS AND PARENTS THAT ARE  DEEPLY CONCERNED THAT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS NOT RELEASED LGBTQ+ GUIDELINES FOR YOUR EDUCATORS TO PROVIDE SAFE AND SUPPORT I I  HAVE IT LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS  FOR ALL STUDENTS.  WE HEAR FROM PARENTS WHO ARE  DESPERATELY SEEKING A METHOD TO  ENSURE THEIR CHILDREN'S GENDER  PRONOUNCE ARE AFFIRMED BY  TEACHERS AND STAFF.  AND LARGE DISTRICTS LIKE BROWARD AND PALM BEACH HAVE ALREADY MADE THESE RELEASES AVAILABLE TO  TEACHERS AND PARENTS.  AND WE ARE ASKING THIS DISTRICT  TO FOLLOW SUIT AS ONE OF THE  LARGEST DISTRICTS IN THE STATE  SO THAT TEACHERS CAN TEACH AND  PROVIDE SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENTS  TO EVERY CHILD AND THAT EVERY  FAMILY CAN BE RESPECTED.  THANK YOU.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU.  AND OUR FINAL SPEAKER FOR TODAY.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON.  WELL, MY NAME IS JULIE GEPHARTS  AND VISIT THE SEX ED CURRICULUM  FOR 7th GRADERS.  THIS CURRICULUM, FIVE OF THE  BOARD MEMBERS VOTED FOR THIS  AFTER THE CHALLENGE WITH 2700  PETITIONERS OBJECTING TO THE  CONTENT.  AFTER MY WARNINGS AT MULTIPLE  BOARD MEETINGS.  AND AFTER A PUBLIC HEARING WHERE MANY CON STITCH WENTS SHARED  MANY CONCERNS ABOUT THAT  CURRICULUM.  ONCE AGAIN FIVE OF THE BOARD  MEMBERS HERE VOTED FOR THAT  CURRICULUM.  THE PRIMARY CONCERN BESIDE  FACILITATING CONVERSATIONS WITH  SEX WITH SEVENTH GRADERS IS  TEACHING CONSENT TO 11 AND  12-YEAR-OLDS.  FIRST PROBLEM, IT REMOVES  PARENTS WITH THE DISCUSSION THAT IS HAPPENING IN SCHOOL.  CHILDREN ARE CALLED DEPENDENT  FOR A REASON.  LIFE-ALTERING DECISIONS THAT  THEY ARE MAKING AND PARENTS  SHOULD BE A PART OF THAT.  ANOTHER REASON IS IT TEACHES  THEM A SET OF MORAL STANDARDS.  THE PROBLEM OF TEACHING TO 11  AND 12-YEAR-OLDS.  MORAL STANDARDS THAT THERE ARE  TWO THINGS NEEDED BEFORE SEX.  CONSENT AND CONDOMS.  THAT'S IT.  THAT IS NOT.  FLIES IN THE FACE OF WHAT MANY  PARENTS ARE TEACHING THEIR  CHILDREN.  MORE MORAL GUIDELINES THAN JUST  CONSENT AND CONDOMS.  ANOTHER REASON IS THAT CONSENT  IS AN ADULT ISSUE NOT A  11-YEAR-OLD ARE OR 12-YEAR-OLD  ISSUE.  ANYONE WHO SUGGESTS THAT  TEACHING CONSENT TO THE AVERAGE  CLASSROOM OF 11th AND  12-YEAR-OLD IS MORALLY  DEFICIENT.  SCENARIO WHEN 11-YEAR-OLDS NEED  TO BE TAUGHT OF APPROPRIATE  MORAL BOUNDARIES, BUT THIS IS A  VERY DIFFERENT DISCUSSION.  NOT A CONSENT DISCUSSION.  THE LANGUAGE OF CONSENT OPENS UP A SLAVERY SLOPE THAT LEADS TO  PEDOPHILIA.  IN FACT THE AMAZE.ORG VIDEO THAT WAS SHOWN TO EVERY SEVENTH  GRADER IN THIS COUNTY FLUNG WIDE OPEN THE DOOR TO PEDOPHILIA.  THE VIDEO IS "UNDERSTANDING  SEXUAL CONSENT." SHOWS A CHILD CONSENTING TO SEX  WITH AN ADULT AND WARNS THE  CHILD OF MANDATED REPORTERS WHO  WILL BE FORCED TO REPORT THEIR  SITUATION TO AUTHORITIES ARE  SHOULD THE CHILD TALK TO THOSE  CERTAIN MANDATED REPORTER ABOUT  THAT.  THIS IS A HUGE PROBLEM.  NO CONDEMNATION OF THAT CHILD  CONSENTING WITH SEX WITH AN  ADULT.  NO CONDEMNATION OF AN ADULT  HAVING SEX WITH A CHILD.  THIS VIDEO SHOWS THIS.  WARNING OF THE VIDEO IN  PARTICULAR.  LOOK IT UP, AMAZE.ORG,  UNDERSTANDING CONSENT AND THE  LAW.  FIVE OF THE BOARD MEMBERS HERE  VOTED TO KEEP THIS CURRICULUM.  THANK YOU.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU.  THAT CONCLUDES OUR PUBLIC  COMMENT.  WE WILL NOW MOVE TO THE  RECOGNITION AND PROCLAMATIONS.  A 01, ADOPTION AND PROCLAMATION  OF NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE  MONTH THROUGH SEPTEMBER 15, 2023 THROUGH OCTOBER 15, 2023.  MEMBER PEREZ.  

>>Karen Perez: [SPEAKING WORLD  LANGUAGE] THERE ARE MORE THAN 80,000  STUDENTS IN THE HILLSBOROUGH  COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO  IDENTIFY AS HISPANICS AND THAT  IS CLOSE TO 40% OF OUR  POPULATION.  HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH RUNS  FROM SEPTEMBER 15 TO OCTOBER 15  AND HONORS THE MANY  CONTRIBUTIONS HISPANIC-AMERICANS HAVE MADE AND CONTINUE TO MAKE  TO OUR SOCIETY.  OUR SCHOOL ALWAYS GOES ABOVE AND BEYOND TO RECOGNIZE THIS MONTH.  DISPLAYS, CELEBRATION AND  LESSONS CREATED BY OUR AMAZING  EDUCATORS REALLY GO TO SHOW THE  IMPORTANCE OF CELEBRATING  HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ.  I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO  APPROVE THE NATIONAL HISPANIC  HERITAGE MONTH FROM SEPTEMBER  15, 2023 TO OCTOBER 15, 2023.  A MOTION BY MEMBER GRAY.  A SECOND BY MEMBER WASHINGTON.  ANY DISCUSSION? MEMBER GRAY.  MEMBER VAUGHN.  

>>Jessica Vaughn: SHE PASSED  THE MIC TO ME.  THANK YOU.  THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ, FOR  READING THAT.  I WANT TO SAY THIS IS ONE OF MY  FAVORITE TIME OF THE YEAR.  TO SEE HOW MANY OF OUR SCHOOLS  REALLY LEAN IN TO CELEBRATE  HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH SINCE  OUR HISPANIC STUDENTS ARE THE  BIGGEST POPULATION OF STUDENTS  WE HAVE HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH  COUNTY.  TO BE A PART OF IT AND TO BE  ABLE TO GO OUT AND READ  MULTILINGUAL WORKS TO ALL THE  STUDENTS IS ONE OF THE MOST FUN  AND JUST REALLY BEAUTIFUL PARTS  OF THE CELEBRATIONS THAT WE HAVE IN OUR SCHOOLS.  SO I JUST WANT TO SAY HAPPY  BEGINNING HISPANIC HERITAGE  MONTH.  I LOOK FORWARD TO ALL THE  CELEBRATIONS.  THANK YOU TO EVERYBODY IN  OUR DUAL LANGUAGE DEPARTMENTS  AND EVERYBODY WHO HAVE MAKES  THIS SPECIAL FOR OUR STUDENTS.  I AM EXCITED.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN.  MEMBER GRAY.  FREEWAY GRAY THANK YOU, MADAM  CHAIR.  BIG-TIME APPRECIATION TO  JESSICA, JUDY DIAZ.  THE HEAD OF THE HISPANIC QUORUM, MELIS DA DELGADO.  SO MANY OTHERS WHO DESERVE THE  CREDIT TO GIVE IMPACT --  COMPELLING IMPACT OF WHAT  HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH INCLUDES AND MEANS.  TRULY, AS MENTIONED, MEMBER  VAUGHN, OUR HISPANIC POPULATION  WILL REACH WITHIN FIVE YEARS  PERHAPS 50% OF OUR STUDENTS.  SO THE IDEA THAT WE ARE JUST  APPROACHING -- AND I STILL SAY  APPROACHING.  WE HAVEN'T GOTTEN THERE YET.  WE HAVE DONE A LOT.  BUT APPROACHING COMMUNICATION  AND RESPECT WITH REGARD TO  CURRICULUM MATCHING TO THE  DEMOGRAPHICS IS VERY HEARTENING  AND VERY IMPORTANT.  THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ, FOR  READING THIS PROCLAMATION.  AND ALL THE WHILE, WE ARE SO  PROUD OF OUR DUAL LANGUAGE  PROGRAM.  WORLD LANGUAGES.  AND WE ARE SO PROUD OF OUR  TEACHERS, OUR PRINCIPALS, DR.  REDDICK -- EXCUSE ME, DR. DAMES  OF REDDICK ELEMENTARY.  GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL TODAY.  AND I KNOW I AM FORGETTING ONE  MORE.  THANK YOU TRACY LEASEE FOR  GIVING US A HEARTWARMING  POSITIONING OF WONDERFUL  STUDENTS SHOWING HISPANIC  HERITAGE.  WE LOOK FORWARD TO THIS MONTH.  THIS IS A GREAT TIME OF YEAR A  ARE VERY COLORFUL TIME IN MANY  WAYS LITERALLY AND IN EVERY WAY  POSSIBLE.  THANK YOU.  AND THAT'S ALL MY REMARKS FOR  NOW.  THANK YOU.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MEMBER GRAY.  MEMBER PEREZ.  

>>Karen Perez: YES.  I LOOK FORWARD TO -- ESPECIALLY  SINCE -- WE HAD A LOT OF NEW  STUDENTS COME -- THAT HAVE COME  INTO THIS DISTRICT.  LATINO STUDENTS THAT HAVE NOW,  YOU KNOW, JOINED OUR FAMILY HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TO SEE  WHAT -- WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO  PARTICIPATE IN.  HOW THEY ARE GOING TO SEE THE  CELEBRATION.  AND, YOU KNOW, HOW WE ARE GOING  TO KIND OF INVOLVE THEM IN HE  OUR CELEBRATION HERE.  I LOOK FORWARD TO READ WITH OUR  SUPERINTENDENT.  EVERY YEAR MYSELF AND THE  SUPERINTENDENT IF AND READ  TOGETHER AND I AM LOOKING  FORWARD TO THIS YEAR AS WELL.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ.  MEMBER WASHINGTON.  

>>Henry "Shake" Washington:  THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.  THANK YOU, MISS PEREZ FOR  READING THIS PROCLAMATION.  I HAVE A GREAT TIME TO READ AND  HAVE A GREAT TIME WITH THE KIDS. WE ARE JUST HAPPY.  AND EVERY TIME IN MONTH -- EVERY TIME THIS MONTH COMES AROUND, IT IS A GREAT MONTH.  AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO WHAT  IT TAKES.  AND I WANT TO THANK YOU ALL SO  MUCH FOR ALL THAT YOU DO FOR YOU AND YOUR COMMITTEE.  THANK YOU SO MUCH.  THANK YOU ALL.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MEMBER WASHINGTON.  I ALSO WANTED TO ECHO -- JUST  LOOKING OUT HERE AND I HAVE SEEN MARCUS, MELISSA, AND CHRISTINA  FERNANDEZ, JESSICA.  SO MANY AMAZING LEADERS.  I LEFT OFF SO MANY AMAZING  LEADERS IN OUR DISTRICT THAT ARE PUSHING FOR 40% OF THOSE  STUDENTS.  THEY ARE DRIVING -- IF YOU SEE  OUR AP RESULTS OR IB RESORTS,  HOW HARD OUR SPANISH TEACHERS  ARE DOING.  WE ARE DOING SO MUCH.  YOU SEE HOW MUCH THOSE STUDENTS  -- WE HAVE DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAM IN DISTRICT ONE.  YOU SEE THE RESULT OF THOSE  STUDENTS AND THOSE KIDS.  REMEMBER, SOME OF THESE CHILDREN ARE COMING HERE -- HAVE BEEN  THROUGH VERY CHALLENGING,  CHALLENGING TIMES AND TO BE HERE AND WALK IN A CLASS AND BE ABLE  TO COMMUNICATE WITH PEOPLE IS SO IMPORTANT.  AND WE ARE SEEING THOSE RESULTS. I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE FOR  THAT.  AND I ALSO WANTED TO MENTION WE  WILL HAVE OUR SECOND ANNUAL  HISPANIC HERITAGE CELEBRATION IN DISTRICT 1 ON OCTOBER 126 TO  7:30 AT LETO HIGH SCHOOL.  LAST YEAR HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE.  I IT WILLING THOUSAND THIS YEAR. MANY SCHOOLS WILL BE PERFORMING. MANY SCHOOLS WILL HAVE BOOTHS.  I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO  CELEBRATING SUCH AN IMPORTANT  PART OF OUR COMMUNITY.  THANK YOU.  NEXT IS -- OH, YES.  I GOT SO EXCITED I FORGOT.  I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO  -- OKAY.  PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS  APPEAR.  AND IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.  THANK YOU, MR. PORTER.  A012.  ADOPTION OF PROCLAMATIONS START  WITH HELLO CALL TO ACTION WEEK  WITH SEPTEMBER 18, 2023 TO  SEPTEMBER 22,2023.  MEMBER VAUGHN WILL BE  HIGHLIGHTING THIS PROCLAMATION.  

>> I LOVE WITH START WITH HELLO  CALL TO ACTION WEEK.  IT RAISES AWARENESS ABOUT SOCIAL ISOLATION AND EDUCATES STUDENTS  HOW TO CREATE AN INCLUSIVE  SCHOOL CULTURE.  THROUGH START WITH HELLO  TRAINING, STUDENT-LED  ACTIVITIES, PUBLIC  PROCLAMATIONS, MEDIA EVENTS AND  STUDENT CONTESTS AND SCHOOL  COMMUNICATIONS.  START WITH HELLO SEARCHES  STUDENTS K-12 SKILLS TO REACH  OUT TO THOSE DEALING WITH  CHRONIC, SOCIAL ISOLATION AND  CREATE A CULTURE OF INCLUSION.  IN ADDITION TO YOUNG PEOPLE,  START WITH HELLO WILL BENEFIT  EDUCATORS, ADMINISTRATORS AND  THE COMMUNITY.  LAST YEAR, MORE THAN 90 OF OUR  SCHOOLS PARTICIPATED IN START  WITH HELLO WEEK ACTIVITIES THAT  HELPED HE TO IMPROVE THE OVERALL SCHOOL CULTURE AND DECREASE  SOCIAL ISOLATION.  IN ADDITION, 72 OF OUR SCHOOLS  HAVE STUDENTS AGAINST VIOLENCE  EVERYWHERE PROMISE CLUBS WHICH  ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO RECOGNIZE  MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS AND  PROMOTE A SAFE AND WELCOMING  SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT.  AND, AGAIN, I JUST REALLY LOVE  THIS.  MY SON'S SCHOOL PARTICIPATES IN  THIS AND HE COMES HOME ALL  THROUGHOUT THE WEEK WITH  DIFFERENT SAY HELLO.  AND HE COMES IN AND SAYS, HELLO, MOMMY, EVERY DAY HE COMES IN.  RESONATING AT LEAST IN  ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.  ALWAYS A FUN WEEK IN OUR  HOUSEHOLD.  THANK YOU.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN.  I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO  APPROVE THE START WITH HELLO  ACTION WEEK SEPTEMBER 18,2023  THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2,2023.  A MOTION BY MEMBER PEREZ.  A SECOND BY MEMBER WASHINGTON.  ANY DISCUSSION? MEMBER GRAY.  

>>Lynn Gray: HELLO.  I JUST WANTED TO START THAT  RIGHT OFF.  SUCH A POSITIVE WAY.  SUPERINTENDENT AYRES.  RIGHT IN YOUR HELLO CULTURE.  THANKS OUR TEAM AND ELIZABETH  TANNER IN PUTTING THIS ALL  TOGETHER AND MAKING SURE THAT IT IS A REALLY STRATEGIC WAY TO  HAVE KIDS IN THE POSITIVE  FRAMEWORK OF MIND.  AND IF YOU ARE LISTENING, LET'S  PUT THIS ON OUR HILLSBOROUGH  HEALTHY SCHOOLS SURVEY AS WELL,  THAT ABOUT HAVING MANY OF THE  SCHOOLS PARTICIPATE.  THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MEMBER GRAY.  MEMBERS, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR  LIGHTS APPEAR.  AND IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.  A03.  THE ADOPTION OF PROCLAMATION  NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION AND  ACTION MONTH SEPTEMBER 2023.  MEMBER RENDON WILL BE  HIGHLIGHTING THIS PROCLAMATION.  

>>Patti Rendon: THANK YOU.  SUICIDE IS THE SECOND LEADING  CAUSE OF DEATH OF 10-14 AND  THIRD LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH OF  PEOPLE 15-24.  THE BOARD WOULD LIKE TO HONOR  OUR AMAZING SOCIAL SERVICES TEAM WHO WORK TO IMPLEMENT SUICIDE  PREVENTION STRATEGIES AND BUILD  RELATIONSHIP WITH COMMUNITY  PARTNERS TO ASSISTS IN THE  STRATEGIES TO PROTECT OUR  STUDENTS.  THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS MONTH  SHINES A NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT ON  CARING FOR EVERY CHILD'S MENTAL  HEALTH.  AND TO REINFORCE THE MESSAGE  THAT POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH IS  ESSENTIAL TO A CHILD'S HEALTHY  DEVELOPMENT.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU,  MEMBER RENDON.  A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION AND  ACTION MONTH SEPTEMBER 2023.  A MOTION BY MEMBER PEREZ.  A SECOND BY MEMBER GRAY.  ANY DISCUSSION? MEMBER PEREZ.  

>>Karen Perez: SO HERE IN  HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY,  UNFORTUNATELY, BETWEEN 2020 AND  2023, WE HAD ONE ELEMENTARY  STUDENT COMMIT SUICIDE.  WE HAD TWO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS  COMMIT SUICIDE.  AND IN 2023 -- 2022-'23 SCHOOL  YEAR WE HAD FIVE.  DEATH RATE AMONG OUR YOUTH AND  YOUNG ADULTS BETWEEN THE AGE OF  10 AND 24 ARE STAGGERING.  YOU KNOW, WITHIN THE LAST 60  YEARS, THESE RATES HAVE  QUADRUPLED.  THE NUMBERS ARE JUST INCREDIBLE. YOU KNOW, THANK YOU TO OUR  STAFF.  YOU KNOW OUR SOCIAL WORKERS,  COUNSELORS AND PSYCHOLOGISTS.  WE UNDERSTAND THAT OUR CHILDREN  ARE NOT OKAY.  AND WE NEED TO REALLY CONTINUE  FOCUSING ON THEIR MENTAL  WELLNESS AND THE FUNDING OF  THESE SERVICES.  RAZZ WE CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR -- FOR THEIR MENTAL -- MENTAL  HEALTH, BECAUSE DOING SOMETHING  -- BECAUSE NOT DOING SOMETHING  IS NOT THE ANSWER.  BUT I APPRECIATE YOU BRINGING UP THIS PROCLAMATION, ESPECIALLY  ESPECIALLY IN THE MONTH OF  ACKNOWLEDGING SUICIDE ISSUES.  THANK YOU.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ.  MEMBER VAUGHN.  

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU.  I AM GLAD THAT, AS A BOARD, WE  DISCUSS THINGS AS SERIOUS AS  SUICIDE ESPECIALLY WHEN WE SHARE THE ALARMING NUMBER OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE AT RISK OF THAT.  WHEN WE TALK OF KEEPING OUR  STUDENTS SAFE AND EPIDEMICS IN  THE SCHOOLS, I WOULD BE REMISS  IF WE DIDN'T TALK THE FACT THAT  OUR LGBTQ+ POPULATION AND  STUDENTS ARE FOUR TIMES MORE  LIKELY THAN THE ALREADY  STAGGERING, ALARMING AMOUNT OF  OUR STUDENTS AT RISK OF SUICIDE. HAND THIS 1.8 MILLION LGBTQ+  YOUTH BETWEEN THE AGES OF 13 TO  24 SERIOUSLY CONSIDER SUICIDE  EVERY 45 SECONDS.  AND AS WE TALK ABOUT MENTAL  HEALTH, WHICH IS SO IMPORTANT, I THINK WE ABSOLUTELY HAS TO TALK  ABOUT THE MESSAGES THAT WE ARE  SENDING WHEN WE TALK ABOUT START WITH HELLO WEEK AND INCLUSION  AND MAKING SURE WHAT I REPEAT,  ALMOST AT AD NAUSEAM, THAT OUR  CLASSES AND SCHOOLS ARE  INCLUSIVE AND SAFE AND WELCOMING TO ALL OF OUR STUDENTS.  THING IS THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT THAT.  SO I APPRECIATE THE TIME AND I  AM GLAD WE HAVE THIS  PROCLAMATION.  THANK YOU.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN.  BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE VOTE WHEN  YOUR LIGHTS APPEAR.  AND IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.  A01, THE RECOGNITION OF STAFF  AND COMMUNITY EFFORTS THROUGH  HURRICANE IDALIA.  I WILL BE HIGHLIGHTING THIS  RECOGNITION.  ON MONDAY, AUGUST 28, 2023, THE  DECISION WAS MADE TO CLOSE OUR  SCHOOLS IN PREPARATION FOR THE  TROPICAL STORM IDALIA.  THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY  EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER  BEGAN SHELTER PREPARATIONS AT 11 OF OUR SCHOOLS, BARRI BARRINGTON, ERWIN, PIZZO,  REDDICK, SMITH, STEINBRENNER,  SHIELD AND SUMNER.  HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC  SCHOOLS AND DISTRICT-BASED STAFF MEMBERS CAME TOGETHER WITH OUR  COMMUNITY PARTNERS FOR THE NEXT  TWO DAYS TO SUPPORT 1320 IRS  DENTS WHO CAME TO SHELTERS FOR  PROTECTION FROM HURRICANE  IDALIA.  SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AND  SUPERINTENDENT AYRES WISH TO  ACKNOWLEDGE THE SELFLESS SERVICE OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY STAFF  MEMBERS WHO ASSISTED IN  STAFFING, FEEDING AND CLEANUP IN OUR SITE'S SHELTERS.  THANK YOU FOR DEMONSTRATING TO  OUR ENTIRE COMMUNITY WHY WE ARE  HILLSBOROUGH STRONG.  THANK YOU.  I KNEELED A MOTION AND A SECOND  TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA.  I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER  VAUGHN.  I HAVE A SECOND BY MEMBER GRAY.  IT IS A RECOGNITION.  THERE IS NO VOTE.  SO NOW WE ARE GOING TO THE  CONSENT AGENDA.  OKAY.  WE DO HAVE A VIDEO THAT -- I  DIDN'T KNOW THAT.  WE HAD A VIDEO THAT WE ARE GOING TO SHARE REGARDING THE STORM AND THE SHELTER.  

>>Superintendent Ayres: THANK  YOU, CHAIR COMBS.  

>>Jim Porter: A MOTION AND A  SECT ON THE CONSENT AGENDA AND  TAKE CARE OF THAT AND DO THE  VIDEO?

>>Nadia Combs: IS THAT THE BEST  WAY?

>>Jim Porter: TO DO THE MOTION.  JUST VOTE.  

>>Nadia Combs: BOARD MEMBERS,  VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS APPEAR.  YOU ARE VOTING FOR THE CONSENT  AGENDA RIGHT NOW.  AND IT IS APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY.  AND NOW WHAT WE WILL DO, WE ARE  GOING TO SHARE A VIDEO.  ∫ ∫

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU VERY  MUCH AND THANK YOU TO THAT  VIDEO.  EX-USE ME, SUPERINTENDENT AYRES.

>>Superintendent Ayres: THANK  YOU, CHAIR COMBS.  I WANT TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY.  THIS MORNING I MET WITH ALL OF  OUR PRINCIPALS AND IN THE  OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK WITH THEM  AND THANK ALL OF THEM AND JUST  REALLY WANT TO TAKE THIS  OPPORTUNITY.  WHEN YOU HAVE AN EVENT LIKE  THAT.  AND TO SEE OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT  COME TOGETHER AND SUPPORT OUR  COMMUNITY, IT WAS VERY TRULY  SPECIAL.  AND I WANT TO TAKE THIS  OPPORTUNITY AND THE TEAM PUT  TOGETHER THIS VIDEO JUST TO KIND OF SHOWS ALL IT TAKES IN THOSE  FEW DAYS TO WORK WITH OUR  COMMUNITY PARTNERS.  IF ANY OF THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS  HAVE ANY COMMENTS ABOUT THE  RECOGNITION?

>>Nadia Combs: OKAY.  I THINK WE ALL DO.  WE WILL START WITH MEMBER PEREZ.

>>Karen Perez: THANK YOU.  AS YOU KNOW, I -- I WEAR TWO  HATS IN THIS COMMUNITY WITH  THE V.A.  AND MY HELP WITH GERIATRICS.  WE HAD TO MOVE SOME OF THOSE  GERIATRIC PATIENTS TO THE  SHELTERS.  WITH THE INFORMATION YOU WERE  PROVIDING, I WAS ABLE TO PROVIDE THE -- THE CHIEFS AT THE V.A.  WITH SOME OF THE SHELTER  INFORMATION MUCH MORE QUICKLY.  AND WE WERE ABLE TO GET THEM  TRANSPORTED OVER THERE TO THE  SHELTERS.  SO I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THAT. IT WAS JUST A SMOOTH -- YOU  KNOW, INTERTWINE BETWEEN ONE HAT AND THE OTHER.  AND IT JUST -- I JUST WANT TO  THANK -- I WANT TO THANK THE  STAFF FOR THAT SMOOTH, YOU KNOW  -- I SAW IT FROM A DIFFERENT  LENS.  YOU KNOW, WORKING WITH YOU, WITH WHAT I DO HERE.  BUT THANK YOU.  THANK YOU FOR DOING WHAT YOU DO  FOR OUR STUDENTS, FOR OUR  COMMUNITY ON A DAILY BASIS,  ESPECIALLY WHEN A STORM DOES  COME OUR WAY.  THANK YOU.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ.  MEMBER VAUGHN.  

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU SO  MUCH.  THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT AYRES, I SUGGESTED THIS AFTER THE STORM AND I APPRECIATE YOU GETTING  THIS ON THE AGENDA AND THE  OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO IT.  I DON'T THINK PEOPLE UNDERSTAND  HOW MUCH WORK OUR EMPLOYEES DO  EVERY SINGLE TIME WE OPEN  SHELTERS AND WHAT THAT LOOKS  LIKE.  YOU KNOW, NOT ONLY ARE THEY  DOING AN EXTREME AMOUNT OF WORK  AND MAKING SURE OUR SCHOOLS ARE  OPEN AND SAFE HAVENS, THEY ARE  LEAVING THEIR FAMILIES.  THEY ARE LEAVING THEIR OWN  HOMES.  THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO, YOU KNOW,  TAKE CARE OF WHAT THEY NEED TO  AS THE STORM APPROACHES.  WHAT A HUGE SACRIFICE THAT IS.  AND JUST HOW AMAZING IT IS TO  WATCH PEOPLE -- WHAT FEELS LIKE  A MOMENT'S NOTICE BECAUSE SOME  OF THESE STORMS POP UP QUICKLY,  REALLY HUSTLE AND RALLY AND MAKE SURE THAT OUR COMMUNITY IS SAFE. AND IT REALLY MOVES ME.  AND I AM REALLY APPRECIATIVE.  EVEN TEACHER WHERE IS OUR  SHELTERS AREN'T OPEN, THEY PUT  UP THEIR DESKS AND GET THE  SHELTERS READY.  AND IN OUR COMMUNITY, WE HAVE SO MANY THINGS THAT DIVIDE US, WE  COME TOGETHER WHEN IT REALLY  COUNTS AND WE ARE ALL  HILLSBOROUGH AND TAMPA.  IT IS AMAZING TO WATCH.  JUST THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO  RALLIES AND MAKES OUR SCHOOLS  SAFE FOR EVERYONE DURING THE  STORM.  THANK YOU.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN.  MEMBER RENDON.  

>>Patti Rendon: YEAH, YOU KNOW,  WE HAD SEVERAL OF OUR SCHOOLS,  ESPECIALLY THE MIDDLE SCHOOLS  THAT LITERALLY WITHIN TEN  MINUTES OF DISMISSAL ARE SETTING UP FOR SHELTER.  I THINK YOU ARE RIGHT, MEMBER  VAUGHN, I DON'T THINK THE  COMMUNITY RECOGNIZES THE  SACRIFICES THAT OUR DISTRICT  STAFF HAVE MADE IN ANY TIME WE  OPEN A SHELTER.  AT THE END OF THE DAY THEY NOT  ONLY SERVE BUT WILLING TO SERVE. THEY ARE FOLLOWING DO WHAT IS  NECESSARY EVEN IF THEIR SCHOOL  WAS NOT A SHELTER, THEY RELIEVED A SCHOOL THAT WAS A SHELTER.  WE HAD MULTIPLE ADMIN RELIEVING  OTHER SCHOOLS WITHOUT ANY NOTICE AT ALL TAKING FULL EVENT AND  DOING THAT.  I WANT TO THANK THE DISTRICT  STAFF FOR PROVIDING SUPPORT TO  ALL OF THOSE DISTRICT STAFF THAT WERE WORKING THE SHELTERS.  THEY KNEW THEY WEREN'T I LOAN.  CONSTANTLY HEARD AND THOUGHT OF  BY YOU.  FOR THAT I WANT TO THANK YOU  VERY MUCH.  I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT WE PUT  OUR STUDENTS FIRST IN  HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY.  WE MADE SURE THAT AS SOON AS WE  GO WITH THE OUR STUDENTS BACK IN SCHOOL, WE DID.  WE PRIORITIZED WHEN THE NEEDS OF OUR STUDENTS WAS FIRST.  BREAKDOWN FOR A SHELTER AND WE  NEED TO WORK OVERNIGHT TO GET  SCHOOLS READY FOR THE NEXT DAY.  FOR THAT THANK HIS  SUPERINTENDENT, CABINET AND ALL  OF THE STAFF AND ESPECIALLY ALL  OF THE STAFF OF HILLSBOROUGH  COUNTY.  YOU CAME OUT AND SERVED WELL AND THANK YOU SO MUCH.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU VERY  MUCH, MEMBER RENDON.  MEMBER GRAY?

>>Lynn Gray: JUST HEARING OUR  BOARD MEMBERS EXPRESS  APPRECIATION, IT IS JUST -- JUST SO AMAZING HOW MUCH RECOGNITION  AND SO WELL DESERVED OUR  EMPLOYEES SHOULD GET.  AND MEMBER VAUGHN, THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS FORTH, RECOGNITION IS PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT  THING FOR A PERSON IS TO HEAR  THEIR NAME AND TO THANK THEM  WITH THEIR NAME OF THEIR  EFFORTS.  AND -- AND I KNOW THERE WERE  MANY MOVING PARTS -- CH CHRIS FARKAS THANK YOU FOR.  LAURA HILL FOR THE  TRANSPORTATION END.  MAYOR CASTER WORKED WITH YOU AS  DID YOU SUPERINTENDENT AYRES AND THE TAMPA CITY COUNCIL.  IT WAS LIKE AN ORCHESTRA.  WE CAN'T THANK OUR PRINCIPALS  ENOUGH.  THEY ARE ALWAYS WILLING TO GO  ABOVE -- ABOVE WHAT IS ASKED OF  THEM AND THE STAFF IS RIGHT  THERE BY THEIR SIDE.  I AM LOOKING AT ONE OF OUR  WONDERFUL PRINCIPALS, AP APRIL GILLIARD.  I KNOW HER WORK AND SHE IS  ALWAYS AMAZING AND ONE OF THE  MANY, MANY PRIN PRINCIPALS AND O SUPERVISORS SITTING THERE IN  FRONT.  EACH OF YOU WERE PART OF THIS  OPERATION.  SO SUPERINTENDENT AYRES, HE A  LOT TO BE PROUD OF, THANKFUL  FOR, AND HERE OUR BOARD MEMBERS  ARE ECHOING MANY OF OUR SAME  SENTIMENTS.  THANK YOU.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MEMBER GRAY.  MEMBER WASHINGTON.  

>>Henry "Shake" Washington:  THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.  FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU,  SUPERINTENDENT AYRES FOR OPENING UP SO QUICK, YOU KNOW.  WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENS IN THE COUNTY, WE GOT TO BE ON  TOP OF IT.  I THANK YOU FOR BEING OBJECT TOP OF IT.  AS WE ALL KNOW, PRINCIPALS --  MANY PRINCIPALS THAT OPEN UP  SHELTERS BEFORE KNOW IT IS A  DIFFICULT JOB.  A VERY DIFFICULT JOB OPENING A  SHELTER.  YOU HAVE TO BE READY TO GO.  ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT PARTS  OF OPENING A SHELTER IS UP.  ONCE YOU OPEN UP AND RED CROSS  IS SOMEONE THAT COMES IN THERE.  IT IS NOT YOUR BUILDING ANYMORE. THEY COMPLETELY TAKE OVER YOUR  BUILDING.  SO PRINCIPALS, WE ARE USED TO BE IN THE BACK ROW ON THAT ONE,  BECAUSE IT IS VERY DIFFICULT.  BUT I WANT TO THANK THE PEOPLE  FOR COMING OUT.  THE DIETITIAN IS AND EVERYBODY.  THE CUSTODIANS ALL COMING OUT.  IT IS A HARD JOB BECAUSE YOU ARE DEALING WITH PEOPLE YOU DON'T  KNOW.  THEY ARE COMING -- THEY ARE  COMING OUT FROM ALL PARTS OF THE COUNTY.  BECAUSE YOU DON'T KNOW THEM, SO  YOU DON'T HAVE THAT RELATIONSHIP LIKE YOU SHOULD.  AND YOU HAVE TO BE UP.  YOU HAVE TO WALK THOSE HALLWAYS. YOU HAVE TO CHECK YOUR PEOPLE.  IT'S A LOT.  ALSO SECURITY.  SCHOOL SECURITY PLAY AS BIG ROLE IN IT.  THEY KEEP IT CLEAN AND CLEARED  SO WE DON'T HAVE PEOPLE COMING  IN -- OUTLAWS COMING IN AND  DOING WHATEVER THEY WANT TO DO.  I WANT TO THANK ALL THE  PRINCIPALS, ALL THE STAFF, THE  EMPLOYEES FOR DOING A GREAT JOB  ON THIS GO AROUND.  THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, FOR  THAT.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MEMBER WASHINGTON.  I ALSO WANTED TO THANK  SUPERINTENDENT AYRES FOR YOUR  LEADERSHIP.  THANK YOU FOR KEEPING US, YOU  KNOW, UPDATED AS A BOARD AND  WITH THE COMMUNITY.  I THINK YOU IS IT AN EXCELLENT  JOB AND GREAT -- SHOWING GREAT  LEADERSHIP.  UP ALSO WANT TO THANK ALL THE  LAW ENFORCEMENT THAT WAS OUT  THERE SECURING OUR SCHOOLS.  I HAD A CHANCE TO GO BY TWO OF  OUR SHELTERS AND SEEING ALL OF  THAT STAFF AND FACULTY.  AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU AT  STEINBRENNER HIGH SCHOOL, I  ENDED UP SPENDING SO MUCH TIME  OUT THERE BECAUSE THE LUNCHROOM  ENERGY WAS SO AMAZING.  THE LUNCHROOM LADIES WERE SO  POSITIVE.  YOU DIDN'T REALIZE THEY LEFT  THEIR FAMILIES BECAUSE THEN TO  FEED PEOPLE.  A LOT OF PEOPLE LEFT THEIR  CHILDREN, THEIR HUSBANDS AND  WIVES TO SERVE IN THAT CAPACITY. I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE, ALL  OUR ADMINISTRATORS.  I MEAN, EVERYBODY WAS SO  POSITIVE, SO CARING, YOU KNOW,  AND STEINBRENNER ENDED UP BEING  AN ANIMAL SHELTER AS WELL WHICH  IS VERY IMPORTANT.  PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO LEAVE THEIR ANIMALS, YOU KNOW.  TO BE ABLE TO PROTECT PEOPLE AND MAKE SURE THEIR ANIMALS ARE ALSO TAKEN CARE OF.  WE SERVE SUCH A BIG CAPACITY IN  THIS COMMUNITY AND I WANT TO  THANK EVERYBODY.  THANK YOU SO MUCH.  OKAY.  WE WILL NOW MOVE TO HEARING THE  FOLLOWING ITEMS.    /* C-5.01, 7.05.  C 5.01 GRADUATION DATES FOR  2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR.  SUPERINTENDENT AYRES.  

>>Superintendent Ayres: THANK  YOU, CHAIR COMBS.  GRADUATION DATES FOR THIS  PARTICULAR SCHOOL YEAR.  MAY 14-29 AND GRADUATIONS AT THE FAIRGROUNDS WILL BEGIN MAY 21.  AFTER APPROVAL THIS EVENING, THE GRADUATION SCHEDULED WILL BE  AVAILABLE ON THE DISTRICT WEB  SITE AND SCHOOLS MAY BEGIN  NOTIFYING STUDENTS, PARENTS.  

>>Nadia Combs: I NEED A MOTION  AND SECOND TO APPROVE C 5.01.  A MOTION BY MEMBER WASHINGTON.  A SECOND BY MEMBER VAUGHN.  MEMBER GRAY, VAUGHN AND I PULLED THIS.  START WITH MEMBER GRAY.  OR WHOEVER.  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MADAM  CHAIR.  MY REASON FOR PULLING IT IS TO  SIMPLY THANKS THE FAIR -- EXCUSE ME, THE FAIRGROUNDS, THE BOARD,  CHERYL FLOOD, AND MOST  MEANINGFUL IS JENNIFER SPARANO  FOR WORKING TIRELESSLY AND THAT  WAS MY MOTIVE TO PULL THIS ITEM. LOOKING FORWARD, OF COURSE, NOT  GRADUATIONS, BUT WE HAVE GOT A  WAYS TO GO.  THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MEMBER GRAY.  MEMBER VAUGHN.  

>>Jessica Vaughn: YEAH, I JUST  PULLED IT AS IS AN INFORMATION  ITEM.  A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE ANXIOUS TO  KNOW WHEN THEIR SPECIFIC  GRADUATIONS WILL BE.  FAMILIES MAYBE PLANS AND SO MANY PEOPLE CELEBRATE.  I WANT -- IF ANYONE IS WATCHING  OUR BOARD MEETING SO WE ARE  RELEASING IT AND THEY CAN GO  ONLINE TO FIND IT AND MAKE THEIR PLANS ACCORDINGLY.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN.  I PULLED IT FOR SEVERAL REASONS. AND I HAD QUESTIONS OF ASKING  ABOUT THE ROTATION OF  GRADUATIONS BECAUSE ONCE AGAIN  THERE IS A HOLIDAY BREAK AND  GRADUATIONS LIKE THAT.  JUST TO KNOW THIS REALLY NOT THE DISTRICT'S FAULT, IT IS MAKING  SURE WE HAVE THAT SPACE AND  AVAILABILITY AT THE FLORIDA  STATE FAIRGROUNDS.  THAT IS WHY I PULLED IT.  BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE VOTE WHEN  YOUR LIGHTS APPEAR.  PETITION AND IT PASSES  UNANIMOUSLY.  7.05, APPROVE GUARANTEED MAXIMUM PRICE GMP, FOR THE CURB APPEAL  REMODELING PROJECT AT MULTIPLE  SITES.  PROJECT NUMBER.  SUPERINTENDENT AYRES WILL  HIGHLIGHT IN ITEMS.  

>>Superintendent Ayres: THANK  YOU, CHAIR COMB.  INSTALLATION OF FENCING, BAHIA  GRASS, WINDOW TINT AND MURALS,  IRRIGATION, LANDSCAPE DESIGN,  LANDSCAPE PACKAGES OF SCHOOL  LIGHTED MARQUEE, SIGNAGE  REMOVAL.  BING ELEMENTARY, BRANDON,  BUCHANAN, BURNS, DICKINSON EGYPT LAKE, GIBSONTON, FARRELL,  THONOTOSASSA AND YOUNG.  IT HAS BEEN IMPLEMENTED  SUCCESSFULLY UPON PREVIOUS  YEARS.  UPON APPROVAL, THE AWARDED  VENDOR ALSO SUPPLY THE GOODS AND SERVICES PER THE COMPETITIVE  SOLICITATION.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU,  SUPERINTENDENT AYRES.  A MOTION AND A SECOND TO  APPROVE C 7.05.  A MOTION BY MEMBER WASHINGTON  AND SECOND BY MEMBER VAUGHN.  MEMBER VAUGHN, YOU PULLED THIS  ITEM.  ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?

>>Jessica Vaughn: I AM EXCITED  OF BUCHANAN AND THONOTOSASSA  ELEMENTARY, BUT I WANTED TO  CONFIRM WHAT WE SPOKEN ABOUT IN  THE MEETING PUBLICLY THAT WE  ANTICIPATE THIS IS THE FIRST  ROUND OF SCHOOLS, BUT EVERY  YEAR, HOPEFULLY, WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO PICK MORE SCHOOLS AND BE ABLE TO BEAUTIFY THAT.  I DON'T WANT ANYONE TO LOOK AT  THAT LIST AND SAY HOW COME THEY  ARE GETTING STUFF DONE AND WE  AREN'T.  I WANT TO BE APPARENT OF THE  FACT WE ARE HOPING TO DO THAT  EVERY YEAR AND WHAT THAT LOOKS  LIKE.  

>> WE DID.  WE PUT IT IN THE BUDGET FOR THE  NEXT BUDGET CYCLE.  EVERY YEAR HAVE THE SAME ITEMS.  SOME OF THESE AREN'T DONE.  IF YOU SEE THE LIST, WE STARTED  THIS PROCESS BUT DEFINITELY NOT  DONE WITH THE WHOLE MAKEOVER FOR THE FRONT OF THE SCHOOLS.  A LOT OF POSITIVE FEEDBACK FROM  BOARD MEMBERS, PRINCIPALS, STAFF AT THOSE SCHOOLS.  IMPORTANT PART OF IT TO MAKE  SURE YOU HAVE PRIDE TO YOUR  SCHOOLS.  LONG ANSWER TO A SHORT QUESTION, YES, WE LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING  INPUT FROM BOARD MEMBERS.  YOU ARE OUT AT THE SCHOOLS AND  YOU HEAR FROM PARENTS AND  CONSTITUENTS.  IT IS IMPORTANT YOU TELL US AS  WELL.  

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOUY  THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN.  MEMBER PEREZ?

>>Karen Perez: I HAVE A QUESTION ON ARTICLE IV.  NO SIGNATURE BY US ON THAT  CONTRACT.  THE CONTRACTOR SIGNATURE IS  HERE.  BUT NOT OUR SIGNATURE.  

>> WE REQUIRE THEM TO SIGN  FIRST, ONCE WE APPROVE BY THE  BOARD, THEN WE WILL SIGN IT.  

>>Karen Perez: OKAY.  DO WE GET A COPY OF THE SIGNED  CONTRACT?

>> WE DO.  WE DO CLOSE-OUT DOCUMENTS AND  GOP FOR IT AND ACCEPTANCE ITEM.  WE HAVE ACCEPTANCE ITEMS EVERY  TIME.  HOW MUCH THE ACTUAL COST.  THIS IS THE GUARANTEED MAXIMUM  AND YOU GET THE SIGNED CONTRACT  ON BOTH SEEDS, YES, MA'AM.  

>>Karen Perez: OKAY, THANK YOU.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ.  MEMBER RENDON.  

>>Patti Rendon: I WANT TO THANK  THE SUPERINTENDENT AND  OPERATIONS TO TAKE THE TIME OUT  TO LISTEN TO PRINCIPALS, LISTEN  TO BOARD MEMBERS, AND LISTEN TO  OUR CONSTITUENTS ON EXACTLY.  WE WANT OUR STUDENTS TO TAKE  PRIDE IN OUR SCHOOL AND WE NEED  TO TAKE PRIDE IN OUR SCHOOLS AND THANKFUL THAT WE ARE MAKING THE  INITIATIVE TO SHOW THE STUDENTS  THAT WE VALUE THE FACILITIES  THAT THEY ARE LEARNING IN.  AND IT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE  PUT EVERY EFFORT IN TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE FACILITIES THAT THEY  ARE IN ARE IN THE BEST POSSIBLE  SHAPE.  SO I KNOW IT IS ALREADY MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN A LOT OF THE  SCHOOLS.  SOME OF THE MURALS ARE  ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL.  THE OUTWARD APPEARANCE.  BUT THE STUDENTS ARE WALKING  WITH THEIR HEADS HELD HIGH.  THANKFUL FOR EVERYTHING YOU HAVE DONE.  THE TIMING -- THEY WORKED  DILIGENTLY OVER THE SUMMER AND  SOME THINGS WERE NOT DONE.  NOT FOR A LACK OF INTENT.  YOU GUYS WERE OUT THERE.  PEOPLE I SAW ON SATURDAYS  WORKING ON PARKING LOTS AND  REPAIRS AND THINGS LIKE THAT.  I KNOW THIS WAS A HUGE LIFT ALL  OVER THE COUNTY AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING YOU HAVE  DONE.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU,  MEMBER RENDON.  PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS  APPEAR.  AND IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.  11.01.  NAMING THE GYMNASIUM AT MEMORIAL MIDDLE SCHOOL.  SUPERINTENDENT AYRES WILL  HIGHLIGHT THESE ITEMS.  

>>Superintendent Ayres: THANK  YOU, THIS IS SOURCE LAST AGENDA  ITEM BEFORE OUR PUBLIC HEARING.  11.01 IS THE NAMING OF THE  GYMNASIUM AT MEMORIAL MIDDLE  SCHOOL.  WITHOUT FURTHER A DO, CALL UP  APRIL GILLIARD, THE PRINCIPAL OF MEMO MEMORIAL.  

>> GOOD EVENING TO  SUPERINTENDENT AYRES AND THE  SCHOOL BOARD.  THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THIS  OPPORTUNITY TO TELL YOU ABOUT A  WONDERFUL EDUCATE WHO HAS GIVEN  HER ENTIRE CAREER TO PUBLIC  SCHOOL EDUCATION.  MISS AISHA BAILEY BETTER KNOWN  AS COACH BAILEY.  A PRODUCT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS GRADUATING FROM ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL.  SHE WENT ON TO PLAY COLLEGE  BASKETBALL AND MAJORED IN  PHYSICAL EDUCATION.  SHE CAME BACK TO THE DISTRICT  THAT GAVE SO MUCH TO HER SO SHE  COULD PAY IT FORWARD.  I AM TRYING TO MAKE HER CRY.  SHE SPENT 23 YEARS AT MEMORIAL  MIDDLE SCHOOL.  IN THAT TIME, SHE HAS IMPACTED  OVER 4600 STUDENTS AND THEIR  FAMILIES.  SO WHY COACH BAILEY? AND WHY NOW? HER IMPACT GOES BEYOND THE WALLS OF MEMORIAL.  BEFORE I BECAME THE PRINCIPAL AT MEMORIAL, I KNEW SHE HOSTED ALL  OF THE MIDDLE SCHOOL  CHAMPIONSHIPS.  SHE WAS MRS. P.E. FOR THE  DISTRICT, BUT NOT UNTIL I WAS IN THE BUILDING THAT SHE DID -- DID SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT.  SHE ACTUALLY BRINGS PEOPLE  TOGETHER.  SHE ACTUALLY MAKES SURE THAT ALL OF THE SPORTS AND ALL OF THE  PEOPLE WILL COME AND MAKE SURE  SHE IS DOING EVERYTHING SHE CAN  FOR THE DISTRICT.  THEY CALL ON HER ALL THE TIME  FROM THE DISTRICT P.E. OFFICE TO HELP OUT.  AND SO I REALLY THOUGHT IT WAS  BECAUSE MEMORIAL WAS CENTRALLY  LOCATED AND WE HAVE A BIG GYM,  BUT IT WASN'T THAT.  SO SHE IS DONE SO MUCH FOR THE  ATHLETICS HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH  COUNTY.  AND THE MEMORIAL COMMUNITY THAT  I FELT THAT SHE NEEDED TO BE  RECOGNIZED.  AND FINALLY, WHY NOW? BECAUSE A LOT OF TIME THIS IS  GIVEN TO PEOPLE THAT RETIRE OR  -- YOU KNOW, THE OTHER THING.  BUT -- AND I SAY THIS BECAUSE MY MOM PASSED AWAY FIVE YEARS AGO.  AND SHE ALWAYS USED TO SAY, GIVE ME MY FLOWERS WHILE I AM LIVING  BECAUSE TOMORROW IS NOT  PROMISED.  COACH BAILEY, HERE ARE YOUR  FLOWERS.  CONGRATULATIONS. [APPLAUSE] YOU DESERVE IT  [APPLAUSE] YOU WANT TO SAY SOMETHING.  

>>Henry "Shake" Washington:  COACH BAILEY.  

>>Nadia Combs: YOU WILL HAVE TO  SIT.  YOU ARE NOT DONE.  WE HAVE SOME THINGS WE WANT TO  SAY TO YOU.  

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: I AM NOT GOING TO LET YOU GET AWAY  THAT EASILY.  

>>Nadia Combs: NO.  I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO  APPROVE ITEM C 11.01.  A MOTION BY MEMBER VAUGHN AND A  SECOND FROM MEMBER GRAY.  I KNOW THAT MEMBER GRAY AND  VAUGHN PULLED THIS ITEM.  START WITH MEMBER WASHINGTON.  HE WOULD LIKE TO SAY SOMETHING.  IS THAT OKAY?

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: WE  GO BACK A LONG WAYS.  SHE WAS A GREAT PLAYER IN HIGH  SCHOOL.  A PHENOMENAL BASKETBALL PLAYER.  AND NOT BECAUSE SHE WAS A GREAT  PLAYER, BUT BECAUSE SHE IS A  GREAT PERSON.  SHE WAS -- MY DAUGHTER WAS VERY  IMPR IMPRESSED.  YOU ARE -- YOU WERE QUITE A  PERSON TO BE MY DAUGHTER -- SHE  WAS NOT A GOOD BASKETBALL PLAYER BUT DEVELOPED TO HAVE A GREAT  JUMP SHOT BECAUSE OF YOU.  AND SHE ADMIRED YOU ALL THE WAY. I KNOW HER HUSBAND.  I COACHED YOUR HUSBAND AT KING  HIGH SCHOOL.  AND I HAVE ALWAYS SAID ABOUT  YOU, YOU ALWAYS HAVE GIVEN BACK  TO STUDENTS.  ALWAYS.  DURING THE TIME OF SUMMER  PROGRAMS WERE GOING ON, AESHA  WAS IN THE GYM.  COACH WAS IN THE GYM.  DURING THE FALL, VOLLEYBALL,  BASKETBALL, IF YOU CAN NAME THE  SPORT, SHE ALWAYS PARTICIPATED  AND HELPED THE STUDENTS DURING  THAT TIME.  YOU KNOW WHAT, I AM ELATED THAT  YOU ARE HONORED TO HAVE THAT  GYM.  BECAUSE IF ANYBODY IN AMERICA  DESERVE IT, IT'S YOU.  BECAUSE ALL THE THINGS YOU HAVE  DONE FOR THE STUDENTS IN IN  HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY.  AND I LOVE YOU FOR ALL THE  THINGS THAT YOU DO.  BUT I LOVE YOU AS A PERSON.  THANK YOU.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MEMBER WASHINGTON.  MEMBER GRAY.  

>>Lynn Gray: YOU KNOW, AISHA, I  HAVE REMEMBERED YOU BECAUSE  EVERY TIME I COME TO MEMORIAL,  IT IS ALWAYS -- YOU ALWAYS HAVE  BEEN THE FACE, A POSITIVE FACE,  ENERGETIC FACE.  I KNOW YOU KEPT MISS GILLIARD  ALSO IN HEALTHY SHAPE BECAUSE  THAT ALSO NEEDS TO BE TACKLED.  BUT, YOU KNOW, MY EXPERIENCE  WITH WHAT A MISS GILLIARD SAID,  THE PRINCIPAL SAID, THAT IT IS  AN HONOR TO GIVE TO YOU WHEN YOU ARE ALIVE AND WELL AND BE  MOTIVATED AND INSPIRED BY NOT  ONLY YOURSELF, BUT THE CHILDREN  THAT YOU HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE  TOO.  AND YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE THOSE  EXPERIENCES FOR YEARS TO COME.  AND THAT, TO ME, IS ONE OF THE  BIGGEST GIFTS WE CAN GIVE YOU  WHO SERVE OUR CHILDREN AND OUR  COMMUNITY SO WELL AND SO  ENDEARING.  CONGRATULATIONS, AND WE ARE  GOING TO HAVE SOME MORE REMARKS. SO HANG IN THERE, OKAY.  THANK YOU.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MEMBER GRAY.  MEMBER VAUGHN.  

>>Jessica Vaughn: HI.  WELL, FIRST OF ALL, WHEN I HEARD YOUR BACKGROUND, I LOOKED OVER  AND I KNEW THAT MEMBER  WASHINGTON HAD TO KNOW YOU.  I KNEW THAT WAS COMING.  I KNEW THERE HAD TO BE A  CONNECTION.  HONESTLY IN THE THREE YEARS I  HAVE SAT UP HERE I HAVEN'T HEARD SUCH A BEAUTIFUL TRIBUTE.  I THINK IT MOVED ALMOST ALL OF  US TO TEARS.  SAYS A LOT ABOUT YOU.  FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU FOR  EVERYTHING YOU HAVE DONE FOR  YOUR STUDENTS IN OUR SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY.  AND I REALLY HOPE THAT EVERY  TIME YOU GET TO SEE YOUR NAME ON THAT GYMNASIUM YOU REALIZE WHAT  AN IMPACT YOU HAD AND YOUR PEERS YOUR COMMUNITY APPRECIATES YOU  AND HOW VALUED YOU ARE AND YOU  REALLY FEEL APPRECIATED.  THERE IS NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT  THAN INVESTING IN OUR KIDS.  SO THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU  DID.  AND CONGRATULATIONS.  AND EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO --  NOT DID.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN.  I ALSO WANTED TO SAY,  PRINCIPAL GILLIARD AND YOU TWO  ARE SUCH A FORCE TOGETHER.  NO QUESTION YOU HAVE BEEN  WORKING SO, SO HARD FOR SO MANY  YEARS.  AND NO QUESTION AT THE END OF  THE DAY, WHEN YOU PAY IT  FORWARD, YOU ARE PROBABLY SEEING YOUR KIDS THAT YOU TAUGHT NOW,  THEIR CHILDREN ARE COMING  THROUGH.  THERE IS NO QUESTION.  AND REALLY CHANGE THE COMMUNITY  -- AND UP JUST -- I AM SO, SO  HONORED TO BE HERE AND I CAN'T  WAIT TO GO OUT TO THE GYM AND  SEE YOUR NAME ON IT.  I HAVE TO SAY I DON'T KNOW WHAT  YOU DO, BUT YOU DO NOT LOOK YOU  HAVE BEEN TEACH 23G YEARS.  HOW MANY YEARS.  25? WELL, I DON'T KNOW.  I WANT TO SAY THAT.  

>> AMAZING.  I WAS THINKING YOU ARE THIS  YOUNG CO-TEACHER WHO CAME UP.  THAT IS AMAZING.  THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO  AND I LOOK FORWARD TO GOING OUT  THERE AND SEEING THAT.  MEMBER PEREZ.  

>>Karen Perez: SO I WANT TO TELL ON YOU FOR A MINUTE.  SO YOU HELPED COACH MY DAUGHTER. CARMEN PEREZ.  AT BLAKE.  

>> YES.  

>>Karen Perez: AND IT'S -- IT IS COACHES LIKE YOU AND APRIL WHO,  YOU KNOW, SHAPE THE LIFE OF  CHILDREN YOU KNOW, I ALWAYS SAID THIS.  YOU ARE LIKE SECOND PARENTS TO  OUR CHILDREN.  OUR CHILDREN LOOK UP TO YOU.  YOU SHAPE THEIR WORLD AND TRULY  HONESTLY BELIEVE THIS AND  STATUTE HAD ALWAYS HEARD ME SAY  THIS.  THE SUPERINTENDENT WAS ALSO PART OF THAT AND I BELIEVE MY  CHILDREN ARE WHO THEY ARE TODAY  BECAUSE OF THE TEACHERS AND THE  COACHES THAT WERE IN THEIR  LIVES.  AND MY DAUGHTER IS EXCITED FOR  YOU.  SHE TOLD ME TO TELL YOU  CONGRATULATIONS.  AND SHE FEELS YOU DESERVE THIS,  YOU KNOW.  THANK YOU.  THANK YOU FOR BEING THAT PERSON  IN MY DAUGHTER'S LIFE WHO SHE  COULD -- YOU NKNOW WHO PUT HER T WHERE SHE IS TODAY.  I THANK YOU.  AND CONGRATULATIONS.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU.  BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE VOTE WHEN  YOUR LIGHTS APPEAR.  AND IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.  CONGRATULATIONS  [APPLAUSE]

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: LET  ME NOT FORGET ALSO, HER  PRINCIPAL WAS A GREAT HIGH  SCHOOL BASKETBALL PLAYER  HERSELF.  I KNOW YOU GUYS TALK BASKETBALL  ALL THE TIME.  ALL RIGHT, THAT'S RIGHT.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU.  WE WILL NOW MOVE TO OUR FINAL  PUBLIC HEARING ON THE MILLAGE  RATES AND BUDGET FOR THE  2023-2024 FISCAL YEAR.  THE BUDGET INCLUDES ALL  GOVERNMENT AND PROPRIETARY FUNDS OF THE DISTRICT AND THE TAX  RATE.  WE WILL CLOSE THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AND OPEN THE FINAL PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE MILLAGE  RATES AND BUDGET FOR THE FISCAL  YEAR 2023-2024.  

>> BOARD CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS,  IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE BOARD ADOPT THE STATE REQUIRED MILLAGE RATE OF 3.1 W5 20.  IT IS ALSO RECOMMENDED THE BOARD ADOPT THE DISCRETIONARY MILLAGE  OF 0.0874 MILLS AND LOCAL  CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT 1.5000  MILLS.  AND RECOMMENDED THE BOARD ADOPT  A DEBT SERVICE OF 0.000 MILLS.  

>>Nadia Combs: I NEED A MOTION  AND A SECOND TO ADOPT THE FISCAL YEAR 2023-2024 MILLAGE RATES AS  PRESENTED.  I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER  WASHINGTON.  I HAVE A SECOND BY MEMBER  VAUGHN.  IS THERE ANYONE PRESENT WHO  WISHES TO ADDRESS THE BOARD  CONCERNING THE PROPOSED MILLAGE  RATES OR ROLL-BACK RATE? I THINK WE HAVE ONE SPEAKER.  

>> MARK KLUTHO, LARGO.  W WELL, YOU ARE HAVING YOUR  HEARING ON THE MILLAGE RATE.  AS IT IS PRESCRIBED BY LAW AND  -- YOU DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT IT BEING AN INCREASE.  THIS IS -- THIS IS NOT HOW YOU  ARE REALLY SUPPOSED TO BE HAVING THIS HEARING.  NOT AT ALL.  AS I SAID, YOU NEED TO BE  WATCHING THE PINELLAS SCHOOL  BOARD MEETING.  THERE YOU WILL SEE HOW THE  HEARING ON THE BUDGET IS  SUPPOSED TO BE HELD.  AND THE -- THE SCHOOL BOARD USED TO RUN THESE HEARINGS CORRECTLY. YOU KNOW, I HAVE BEEN COMING  HERE FOR A LONG, LONG TIME  BEFORE YOU WERE EVER THE  ATTORNEY HERE.  AND IT USED TO BE THAT THEY WERE HELD ACCORDING LAW.  THIS INCREASE IS A RESULT OF  MALFEASANCE.  NO OTHER WAY TO SEE IT.  I HEARD EARLIER THATWHOA IS WE.  NEED MONEY FOR MENTAL HEALTH.  YEAH, WELL, YOU SQUANDER MONEY.  YOU CAN'T TAKE CARE OF THOSE  DEAREST OF NEEDS.  NOW LET'S SEE YOU.  TAKE CARE OF THE BUDGET.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU.  SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, DO YOU  HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? MEMBER GRAY?

>>Lynn Gray: MADAM CHAIR, I NEED CLARIFICATION.  MAY I ASK A QUESTION REGARDING  THE 6.02, THE BUDGET AMENDMENTS  BUT ONLY FOR THE HEARING.  

>>Jim Porter: THIS IS ONLY FOR  THE MILLAGE.  IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OF THE  ADOPTED MILLAGE RATES, MISS  JOHNSON WILL BE ABLE TO ANSWER  THOSE.  BUT THOSE ARE THE ONLY THINGS  BEFORE THE BOARD RIGHT NOW.  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU FOR THE  CLARIFICATION.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MEMBER GRAY.  PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS  APPEAR.  AND IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.  WE WILL NOW MOVE TO THE SECOND  PART.  

>>Roe Johnson: IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE BOARD 4,430,411,685.28.

>>Nadia Combs: I NEED A MOTION  AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE  ADOPTED AGENDA.  I HAVE A MOTION FROM MEMBER  WASHINGTON.  I HAVE A SECOND -- I NEED A  SECOND.  DOES ANYONE -- OKAY, I HAVE A  SECOND FROM MEMBER GRAY.  IS THERE ANYONE PRESENT WHO  WISHES TO ADDRESS THE BOARD  CONCERNING THE ADOPTED AGENDA? -- I MEAN ADOPTED BUDGET.  SORRY.  THANK YOU, MR. PORTER.  OKAY.  IF WE HAVE ONE PERSON HERE.  

>> MARK KLUTHO, LARGO.  AGAIN, YOU NEED TO WATCH THE  PINELLAS COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD  MEETING, AND WATCH HOW YOU ARE  SUPPOSED TO DO THIS BUDGET  HEARING.  AND MAKE A PRESENTATION.  AS PRESCRIBED BY LAW.  I JUST DON'T BELIEVE IT.  IT IS A DOGGONE SHAME, YOU KNOW. I JUST HEARD ABOUT HOW WONDERFUL THE FACILITIES ARE HERE IS A  HEADLINE, STUDY DETAILS OF  CLIMATE CHANGE DOWN BELOW.  STRUCTURES LEAKING INTO THE  GROUND PUTTING BUILDINGS AT  RISK.  THIS IS IT JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE  OF HOW YOUR STUPID BUILDINGS ARE A WASTE.  ALL OF THE MONEY YOU WERE  SQUAN SQUANDERING THAT IS CAUSING IS  HEADLINE LIKE THIS.  SOON OUR OCEANS COULD FEEL LIKE  JACUZZIS.  THIS IS WHAT YOUR BUDGET IS  BRINGING THIS IS ONLY 2023.  ONLY 2023.  WHAT DO YOU THINK THESE LITTLE  CHILDRENS ARE GOING TO SEE IN  2053? THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR BRINGING INTO  THEIR FUTURE.  THIS BUDGET IS UNSETTLING  IGNORING SCIENCE.  OVER 30 YEARS NOW I HAVE BEEN  BRINGING SCIENCE --  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU.  SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, DO YOU  HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS  APPEAR.  

>>Jim Porter: YOU HAD QUESTIONS  OF 6.0 THAT WAS APPROVED ON THE  CONSENT AGENDA.  WAS SEPARATE OF THE BUDGET.  THIS IS ABOUT THE BUDGET ITSELF. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, YOU CAN  DO IT IN THE BOARD MEMBER  COMMENTS.  IT IS NOT RELATED TO THE -- THE  BUDGET IS SEPARATE FROM THAT.  THIS IS A HEARING ON THE BUDGET. ITEM 6.02 WAS APPROVED ON THE  CONSENT AGENDA, BUDGET  AMENDMENTS.  YOU CAN ASK THOSE AFTER THIS OR  DURING YOUR BOARD MEMBER  COMMENTS BUT NOT PART -- IT IS  NOT RELATED WHAT IS ON THE SHORE FOR THE MOTION.  

>>Lynn Gray: I CAN'T REMARK ON  THIS BUDGET?

>>Jim Porter: YES, YOU CAN  REMARK ON THIS BUDGET.  

>>Lynn Gray: I WANT TO SAY  SOMETHING AND ASK A QUESTION.  MY APOLOGIES, MADAM CHAIR, CAN I ASK A QUESTION?

>>Nadia Combs: OKAY.  WE WILL HAVE TO CLEAR THE BOARD  -- OR -- LET'S GO AHEAD AND VOTE ON THIS.  OKAY.  MR. PORTER, IF YOU CAN JUST  CLARIFY.  

>>Jim Porter: A PUBLIC HEARING  ON THE BUDGET.  MISS GRAY WANTED TO ASK  QUESTIONS OF THE BUDGET  AMENDMENTS FOUND IN ITEM 6.02 ON THE CONSENT AGENDA THAT HAS  ALREADY BEEN APPROVED.  NOT AN APPROPRIATE TOPIC OF  DISCUSSION FOR THIS MOTION.  IF SHE HAS A QUESTION ABOUT THE  OVERALL BUDGET OR A COMMENT  ABOUT THAT, THAT IS APPROPRIATE  FOR NOW, BUT THE DAMAGE -- YOU  ALREADY APPROVED THE BUDGET  AMENDMENTS IN THE CONSENT  AGENDA.  

>>Nadia Combs: OKAY, MEMBER  GRAY.  DO YOU STILL -- DO YOU HAVE  QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT WE ARE  WORKING ON NOW OR THE CONSENT  AGENDA.  I WANT TO CLARIFY.  

>>Lynn Gray: I APPRECIATE THAT.  NOT THE CONSENT AGENDA.  WHAT WE JUST COVERED RIGHT NOW.  

>>Nadia Combs: OKAY.  IF WE CAN CLEAR THE BOARD AND IF THERE ARE ANY COMMENTS.  I THINK IT IS MEMBER GRAY.  GO AHEAD.  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU FOR THE  PATIENCE, BOARD MEMBERS.  I WANTED TO ASK A QUESTION ABOUT THE 14-DAY COUNT AS IT REGARDS  TO WHETHER WE ARE MAKING THE  PROJECTION OF 880 STUDENTS.  DID WE MAKE THAT -- ARE WE ON  TRACK TO MAKE THAT PROJECTION AS IT IS EMBEDDED IN THE BUDGET?

>>Roe Johnson: NO.  BASED ON OUR PROJECTIONS, WE ARE DOWN.  HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOLS ARE DOWN BY 1500 STUDENTS.  BUT CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE UP BY  2,000.  

>>Lynn Gray: OKAY.  THE QUESTION ALSO -- WHEN WE  TALK ABOUT THE HOME SCHOOL.  I GOT THE FIGURE IN -- THAT WE  HAVE 10,498 STUDENTS THAT ARE  NOW ENROLLED AS OF SEPTEMBER 7  IN AND HOME SCHOOLED.  WILL THAT AFFECT OUR BUDGET? THAT IS TO THE TUNE OF $115  MILLION?

>>Roe Johnson: IF THOSE KIDS DO  NOT CHOOSE HILLSBOROUGH AS THE  SCHOOL OF CHOICE, WE WON'T BE  ABLE TO GET ALLOCATION FROM THE  STATE FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO ARE HOME SCHOOLED.  

>>Lynn Gray: MY QUESTION  DIRECTLY IS REGARDING THE LOSS  OF FTE.  AND IT WILL JUST BE SIMPLY FOR  THE UNWEIGHTED, NOT THE WAITED  WEIGHTED.  I HAVE A QUESTION OF THE  ESTIMATED VOUCH FROM HB 1.  WE HAVE A FIGURE OF 36,000 WHICH IS EQUIVOCATED TO 308 MILLION.  WILL WE HAVE THAT AFFECT OUR  BUDGET PROJECTION?

>>Roe Johnson: ANY STUDENT WHO  DOES NOT ATTEND HILLSBOROUGH  SCHOOLS, IT IMPACTS OUR BUDGET A NEGATIVE WAY BECAUSE WE DON'T  GET RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS WHO  DON'T ATTEND THE DISTRICT.  

>>Lynn Gray: WHEN WE SAY  NEGATIVE WAY, $309 MILLION  ALREADY, LET'S JUST SAY $300  MILLION IS A LOT OF MONEY TO  LOSE.  IF WE ADD PRIVATE SCHOOLS, THE  PROJECTED AMOUNT THAT WE WILL  LOSE IS 12,830.  LET'S SAY 12,000 THAT THAT  EQUIVOCATES TO $109 MILLION.  WE ADD ALL THE MILLIONS OF  DOLLARS WE MAY LOSE, I  DEFINITELY THINK WE NEED TO MAKE A REMARKS ABOUT THE SERIOUSNESS  THAT THIS PRESENTS THIS  DISTRICT, THIS BUDGET AS WE MOVE FORWARD TO 2023-2024.  IT DOES EFFECT -- IS EVERY BOARD MEMBER AWARE OF THE AMOUNT OF  MONEY THAT IS POSSIBLY WILL BE  LOST ON THE FTE?

>>Roe Johnson: I AM QUITE SURE  THEY ARE AWARE IF THE STUDENTS  THAT DON'T ATTEND -- WE ONLY GET FUNDING FROM STUDENTS WHO  ATTEND.  WE ARE -- HOW MANY STUDENTS? 234,000 STUDENTS ATTENDING  HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC  SCHOOLS.  

>>Lynn Gray: OKAY, THIS IS JUST  THE 14-DAY COUNT HERE.  WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE -- I  KNOW I HAVE ASKED IT BEFORE.  I DEFINITELY WOULD LIKE TO SEE  QUANTITATIVELY THE AMOUNT OF  MONEY LOST FROM THE FTE,  UNWEIGHTED.  I BELIEVE EVERY BOARD MEMBER  SHOULD SEE THAT -- THOSE  FIGURES.  IF IT IS PROJECTION, SO BE IT,  BUT RIGHT NOW, I HAVE AN ACTUAL  FIGURE FROM -- AND I CAN'T  REMEMBER THE EMPLOYEE'S NAME --  SO SORRY.  BUT I HAVE THE EXACT AMOUNT AS  OF SEPTEMBER 7.  SO THESE ARE REAL FIGURES,  MONETARILY.  WE NEED TO KNOW AS A BOARD WHAT  WE ARE DEALING WITH IN TERMS OF  THE RESULTS OF HOUSE BILL 1,  PRIVATE SCHOOL, HOME SCHOOL.  AND AS IT RELATES TO THE FTE  LOSS.  SO WITH THAT REMARK AND THAT --  THAT, YOU KNOW -- REQUEST, I  IMPLORE YOU TO MAKE SURE THAT  THIS IS PART OF THE ARTICULATION AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH OUR NEXT BUDGET.  AND I KNOW IT IS ON THE CONSENT, BUT AS WE MOVE FORWARD ON OUR  NEXT MEETING.  THANK YOU.  

>>Roe Johnson: YOU ARE WELCOME.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MEMBER GRAY.  AND WE HAVE A COUPLE OTHER  MEMBERS WHO HAVE QUESTIONS.  MEMBER RENDON.  

>>Patti Rendon: MR. PORTER, MAY  I CLARIFY.  DURING THIS TIME OF THIS PUBLIC  HEARING, MAY WE MAKE COMMENTS ON THE BUDGET OR ONLY QUESTIONS?

>>Jim Porter: BOTH.  MY ONLY POINT WAS THAT HAD THE  BUDGET AMENDMENTS WERE FROM LAST YEAR'S BUDGET.  

>>Patti Rendon: WE ARE  COMMENTING ON THE BUDGET, THE  2023-2024 INTOOSHD -- BUT  HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL  BUDGET.  SO SOME OF THE THINGS I WANT TO  COMMENT ON IS, I DON'T BELIEVE  WE CAN CLARIFY THAT WE HAVE A  LOSS OF INCOME WHEN WE ARE GOING ONTO A PROJECTION OF STUDENT  COUNT.  WE CAN NOT VALIDATE WHEN A  STUDENT GOES TO CHARTER OR IS  HOME SCHOOLED OR PRIVATE SCHOOL. FIRST OF ALL, WHEN THEY APPLIED  FOR A VOUCHER AS A HOME SCHOOL  OR PRIVATE SCHOOL, THEY COULD  HAVE ALREADY BEEN IN PRIVATE  SCHOOL AND HOME SCHOOL AND NEVER BEEN PART OF THE COUNT.  SO AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE ARE CREATING A BUDGET BASED ON THE  ENROLLMENT THAT THEY BELIEVE  THAT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY WILL  HAVE.  NOW ESTIMATING A LOSS, IT IS NOT A LOSS.  IT IS A NUMBER OF COUNT.  WE CAN SAY THAT OUR NUMBERS OF  ENROLLMENT ARE DOWN BY 1400 AT  THE TEN-DAY COUNT.  BUT IT DOESN'T MEAN WE CAN  SOLIDIFY OR KNOW THAT ANY THOSE  1400 LEFT.  WE ONLY KNOW WHAT STUDENTS HAVE  ENROLLED.  THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IF WE KNOW SOMEONE WALKED AWAY.  WHEN SOMEONE LEAVES THE  DISTRICT, WE DON'T HAVE A RECORD IF THEY MOVED OUT OF STATE, THEY WENT TO ANOTHER COUNTY.  SO AT THIS POINT, I WANT TO  CLARIFY WITH MISS JOHNSON THAT  WE ARE BASING A BUDGET BASED ON  ENROLLMENT NUMBERS, NOT  ANTICIPATING WHEN SOMEONE GOES  AWAY, COMES BACK, LEAVES, GOES.  BECAUSE WE ALSO COULD MAKE THE  CLARIFICATION THAT LAST YEAR, WE HAD OVER 12,000 INDIVIDUALS COME INTO OUR DISTRICT.  SO WE CAN NOT PREDICT, DID THOSE CHILDREN COME FROM PRIVATE  SCHOOL? DID THINK COME FROM HOME SCHOOL? DID THEY COME FROM VENEZUELA? DID THEY COME FROM HONDURAS.  6,000 CAME FROM VENEZUELA,  HONDURAS AND CUBA LAST YEAR.  WE ARE ONLY MAKING A PROJECTION  -- CAN YOU CLARIFY? WE ARE MAKING A PROJECTION OF  ENROLLMENT IN OUR SCHOOLS.  

>>Roe Johnson: THAT'S CORRECT.  WE CAN FUND IT BASED ON THE  PROJECTIONS GIVEN BY THE STATE  AND ON TRUE COUNT DAY, WE WILL  TRUE UP THOSE NUMBERS.  WE HAVE TO WAIT FOR COUNT TO  COME IN FOR THE STUDENT IS ON  COUNT DAY, AND THEN WE WILL KNOW EXACTLY WHERE OUR COUNT STAND  AND HOW MUCH WE ARE GOING TO GET FUNDED.  

>>Patti Rendon: BASED UPON  PREVIOUS YEARS, INCLUDING LAST  YEAR, THE COUNT WE STARTED WITH  THE TEN-DAY COUNT AND THE COUNT  AT THE END OF THE YEAR, UP,  HIGHER THAN IT WAS IN THE  BEGINNING OF THE YEAR?

>>Roe Johnson: IT LOST STUDENTS. UP HIGHER THAN IT WAS THIS YEAR.

>>Patti Rendon: NO FROM AUGUST  TO MAY, DID WE INCREASE STUDENTS OVER THE COURSE?

>> IT WAS MORE STABLE.  WE HAD A MORE STABLE COUNT FROM  LAST YEAR.  WE WERE UP HIGHER THAN THE  PREVIOUS YEAR, BUT THIS YEAR WE  ARE KIND OF DOWN.  WE ARE SWINGING DOWN.  YOU NEVER KNOW.  AFTER LABOR DAY, STUDENTS COME  IN AFTER LABOR DAY ALSO.  WE JUST TRY TO WAIT FOR THAT  COUNT DAY AND JUST MONITOR THE  ENROLLMENT OF THE STUDENTS.  

>>Patti Rendon: THE REASON I AM  ASKING THE QUESTION.  ARE WE MAKING A PROJECTION BASED ON HISTORY AND GOOD NUMBERS? OR ARE WE JUST THROWING A NUMBER OUT THERE.  WE ARE BASING IT ON WHAT WE SEE  WITH THE TEN-DAY COUNT.  

>>Roe Johnson: WE DON'T MAKE THE PROJECTIONSES.  THEY HAPPEN IN FEBRUARY.  WE BUILD THE BUDGET ON THE  NUMBER OF STUDENTS WE PROJECT  WILL MOVE INTO THE AREA AND  OTHER CRITERIA THAT THE STATE  DOES.  WE PICK THE BEST MODEL THAT  SUITSES HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY  SCHOOLS.  WE TOOK THE LOWER COUNT MODEL  FOR HILLSBOROUGH.  LITTLE BIT HIGHER, 7500 STUDENTS BUT BASED ON THEIR ACTUAL DAY  COUNT, WE ARE KIND OF LOWER THAN LAST YEAR TO HAVE -- TO REACH  THE 7500.  WE DON'T KNOW.  WE COULD HAVE A FLOOD OF  STUDENTS AFTER LABOR DAY.  PEOPLE START SCHOOL AFTER LABOR  DAY.  ESPECIALLY PEOPLE FROM THE  NORTH.  YOU KNOW YOU KNOW, THIS IS KIND  OF A NEW THING TO START BEFORE  LABOR DAY.  IN THE NORTH, PEOPLE ARE ON  VACATION AND START COMING IN  AFTER LABOR DAY.  HOPEFULLY OUR COUNTS WILL START  PLATEAUING UP.  

>>Patti Rendon: OKAY.  THANK YOU SO MUCH.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU,  MEMBER RENDON.  MEMBER VAUGHN.  

>>Jessica Vaughn: OH, YES, THANK YOU.  WE ARE PREPARING FOR THIS AND  GOING OVER THIS IN YOUR JUAN ON  ONE.  YOU SHARED A POWERPOINT THAT I  THOUGHT YOU WOULD SHARE FOR ALL  OF US SO THAT MEMBER GRAY CAN  SEE WE ARE GETTING THIS  INFORMATION AND ASKING THESE  QUESTIONS.  WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT  POWERPOINT?

>>Roe Johnson: UM, WE DIDN'T  PRESENT THE POWERPOINT TONIGHT.  I WAS TOLD WE WERE JUST GOING TO STRAIGHT TO THE PUBLIC HEARING  AT 5:01.  

>>PattiRENAI .  

>>Jessica Vaughn: ALL RIGHT, I  WILL SAY SPEAKING FOR MYSELF HAD A LONG ONE ON ONE AND GOT  CLARIFICATION AND WHICH MONIES  WE EXPECT NOT TO BE INCLUDED --  WHAT EXTRA REVENUES WE ARE GOING TO HAVE AND EXTRA EXPENDITURES  WE ARE GOING TO HAVE AND GOT A  FAIR IDEA THAT, OF COURSE,  EVERYTHING IS FLEXIBLE HAND THIS COULD CHANGE.  WE ARE TALKING ABOUT IT RIGHT  NOW BASED ON ENROLLMENT, BUT A  FAIR PICTURE OF WHAT WE  ANTICIPATE IF THINGS STAY ON  TRACK WHERE THEY ARE.  

>>Roe Johnson: CORRECT.  

>>Jessica Vaughn: I HAD THAT  CONVERSATION.  I AM ASSUMING ALL THE OTHER  BOARD MEMBERS DID TOO.  I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THAT  POWERPOINT FOR TRANSPARENCY FOR  THE PUBLIC SO AS WE HAVE THAT  CONVERSATION, THEY CAN FOLLOW  ALONG AND SEE NUMBERS AND KNOW  WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT  INSTEAD OF THIS OBSCURE  CONVERSATION WE ARE HAVING AND  MAY NOT UNDERSTAND WITHOUT  SEEING THAT.  NEXT TIME, I WILL ASK FOR THE  POWERPOINT JUST TO BE PRESENTED  SO PEOPLE HAVE AN IDEA WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE FOR TRANSPARENCY.  THANK YOU.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN.  MEMBER GRAY.  

>>Lynn Gray: I APOLOGIZE,  MISS ROMANIER GIVING YOU THESE  QUESTIONS.  THIS IS MY EIGHTH YEAR WITH  BUDGETS.  WITH PROJECTIONS, IF WE OWN A  BUSINESS AND NOT PROJECTING OUR  PROFIT AND LOSS, I WOULD SAY  THAT IS A VERY UNFORTUNATELY  SITUATION FOR A BUSINESS OWNER.  THIS IS A BUSINESS.  AND YOU HAVE TO MAKE  PROJECTIONS.  AND TO MEMBER RENDON'S POINT,  THE ACTUAL DATE OF SEPTEMBER 7  IS THE REAL DATE THAT THIS WAS  RECORDED.  WE ARE LOSING 10,498 STUDENTS TO HOME SCHOOL.  WHETHER WE WANT TO CALL IT  PROJECTION OR NOT, IF WE ARE NOT -- AND I WILL JUST SAY, BOARD  MEMBERS, THIS IS JUST FOR MY  INDIVIDUAL EDIFICATION.  IF YOU ALL ARE GETTING  INFORMATION IN A DIFFERENT  FORMAT, A THAT IS NONE OF MY  BUSINESS.  I WILL SAY AS A SCHOOL DISTRICT, WE NEED TO BE MIGHTY SURE.  MIGHTY COGNIZANT THE LOSS WE  HAVE.  THIS IS JUST A 14-DAY COUNT,  THAT IT IS MONITORED AND  PROJECTED BECAUSE IT AFFECTS OUR FUTURE SPENDING.  AFFECTS IF WE GO OUT FOR A  MILLAGE OR REFERENDUM, WHATEVER  YOU WANT TO CALL IT.  AFFECTS THE QUALITY OF OUR  EMPLOYEES AND EMPLOYERS.  THEIR CONFIDENCE LEVEL.  WE HAVE GOT TO BE REAL.  WE CAN'T GO AHEAD AND SAY, OH, I GOT THIS VERSION FROM YOU.  AND THEN ANOTHER BOARD MEMBER  SAYS I GOT THIS VERSION FROM  YOU.  I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT WE HAVE AND  WHAT WE DON'T HAVE.  I AM NOT GOING TO GO AHEAD  AND MINCE WORDS.  IF WE DON'T GO AHEAD AND BE REAL AND TRANSPARENT DURING A BOARD  MEETING, THAN I DON'T KNOW WHAT  ELSE I CAN DO THAN TO GIVE THIS  INFORMATION OUT AS I RECEIVE IT. SO MIND YOU, I AM TAKING THIS  SERIOUSLY AS EVERYONE ELSE  SHOULD, IN MY OPINION.  AND I HOPE THAT THERE WILL BE  MORE TRANSPARENCY OF THE ACTUALS AS WE MOVE FORWARD DURING THE  NEXT -- THE 6.01 BUDGET  REVELATIONS.  YOU DON'T HAVE TO LOOK AT OTHERS FOR THEIR SATISFACTION OR NOT.  THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE VERY  CRITICAL TALK RIGHT NOW AND IT  IS PUBLIC.  THANK YOU.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MEMBER GRAY.  SUPERINTENDENT.  

>>Superintendent Ayres: BEFORE  WE MOVE BACK TO THE HEARING, I  JUST WANT TO MAKE A STATEMENT.  OUR CURRENT STAFFING MODELS ARE  BASED ON OUR CURRENT STUDENT  ENROLLMENT.  WE CAN MOVE BACK WITH THE  HEARING.  

>>Nadia Combs: AND I ALSO  WARRANT TOP SAY WHAT I AM  HEARING THAT THE BOARD DOES WANT TO HAVE A PRESENTATION.  

>>Jim Porter: IF YOU HAVE THAT  AVAILABLE --  

>>Nadia Combs: I DON'T KNOW.  I KNOW YOU WERE PREPARED AND  THEN, YOU KNOW, WE WERE GOING TO GO STRAIGHT TO THE BUDGET.  I DON'T WANT TO PUT YOU ON THAT  SPOT, BUT I THINK THAT MAYBE OUR NEXT MEETING WE NEED TO --  

>>Jim Porter: IF THE POWERPOINT  IS READY, IT SHOULD BE SHOWN  NOW.  

>>Nadia Combs: WE CAN TAKE SMALL BREAK RIGHT NOW IF YOU WOULD  LIKE TO DO THAT.  HOW WOULD YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT? DO WE NEED TO TAKE A BREAK?

>>Jim Porter: TAKE RECESS.  

>>Nadia Combs: LET'S TAKE A  TEN-MINUTE RECESS.  WE DON'T HAVE A LOT LEFT OF THE  AGENDA.  TAKE A TEN-MINUTE RECESS AND I  THINK THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO  GO AHEAD AND GO THROUGH THAT  PRESENTATION.  THANK YOU SO MUCH.  .  

>>Nadia Combs: BOARD MEMBERS.  OKAY.  WE WILL GO AHEAD AND RESUME OUR  MEETING NOW.  I JUST WANTED TO CLARIFY A  COUPLE OF THINGS.  THAT EACH BOARD MEMBER DID GO  OVER ONE ON ONE WITH O OUR CFO, ROE JOHNSON AND WE ALL  WENT OVER -- I THINK SOME PEOPLE SPENT MORE THAN AN HOUR GOING  OVER THE BUDGET.  AND THOSE COPIES AND THAT BUDGET INFORMATION IS ALL AVAILABLE  ONLINE AS PUBLIC INFORMATION.  IF ANYBODY WANTS TO KNOW WHERE  TO ACCESS THAT, PLEASE LET US  KNOW.  BUT WE ARE VERY TRANSPARENT WITH THE BUDGET.  WHAT IT WAS THAT WE DID NOT  PRESENT IT BECAUSE IT WAS  PRESENTED ONE ON ONE.  AND WE ARE HEARING FROM THE  BOARD MEMBERS THAT THEY WANT  THAT PRESENTED.  SO AT THIS TIME, WE WILL GO  AHEAD AND DO THAT AND I WANTED  TO CLARIFY ALL OF THAT.  MISS JOHNSON.  

>>Roe Johnson: OKAY.  WE ARE GOING TO START WITH THE  ENDING FUND BALANCE FOR FISCAL  YEAR 2022-2023.  1, 1,685,000 AND TOTAL EXPENDITURES 1,557,000.  AND IT WAS A SURPLUS FOR THE  FISCAL YEAR OF 27 $27.3 MILLION  OVERALL.  OUR BEGINNING FUND BALANCE FROM  THE PREVIOUS YEAR WAS $186.  MILLION.  OURESSER WAS MOVING ONE-TIME  RECESS TO THE ESSER FUNDS $129  MILLION.  NONRECURRING SALARIES $12.5  MILLION WE PAID OUT OF OUR FUND  BALANCE.  AND ALSO THE REOCCURRING COSTS  ARE ALREADY EMBEDDED IN OUR  TOTAL EXPENDITURES.  WITH OUR SURPLUS OF 2737, WE HAD A PROJECTED -- WE -- IN THE  FUND, AN ENDING FUND BALANCE OF  $330 MILLION WHICH IS 20%.  THE RESTRICTED PORTION IS 4%  WHICH IS AROUND 70 MILLION.  OUR UNRESTRICTED PERCENTAGE IS  16% WHICH IS 253.6 MILLION.  SO THE TRUTH IN MILLAGE IS A LAW ENACTED IN 1980 REQUIRE THE  FLORIDA STATUTE UNDER SECTION  200, THE STATUTE REQUIRES SCHOOL DISTRICT TO ADVERTISE THE  PROPOSED MILLAGE RATE AND THE  BUDGET ANNUALLY.  PROPOSED MILLAGE RATE IS OF 3.  150.  DISCRETIONARY, POINT 7484.  AND CAPITAL 1.500.  THIS BUDGET WAS BUILT ON A  ASSUMPTIONS.  WE BUILD A BUDGET ON ASSUMPTIONS BECAUSE A LOT OF PROJECTIONSES.  THE BUDGET A FLUID AND SUBJECT  TO CHANGE.  AND IT WILL CHANGE.  AS YOU CAN SEE OUR GENERAL  ASSUMPTION IS OUR BASAL OCCASION WENT UP FROM 4587 TO 5137, UP  552 INCREASE PER STUDENT, BUT  WAS EMBEDDED IN THIS INCREASE  ARE THOSE RESTRICTED CATEGORICAL FIND THAT IS WE HAVE  FLEXIBILITY.  THAT IS OVER $119. 3 MILLION  WORTH OF FLEXIBILITIES IN THING  SOURCE BUT EXPENDITURES ATTACHED TO THESE RESOURCES.  SO IF WE DON'T SPEND THEM ALL,  WE HAVE FLEXIBILITY TO PUT THEM  ON OUR UNRESTRICTED GENERAL  FUND.  THE REVENUE ASSUMPTION FOR  HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS IS  OUR FEFP STATE ENROLLMENT,  ALLOCATION AND OTHER  MISCELLANEOUS REVENUES FROM THE  STATE.  OUR LOCAL SOURCE IS BASED ON OUR PROPERTY TAX THAT -- BASED ON  THE CAPITAL MILL.  AND INVESTMENT INCOMES AND OTHER MISCELLANEOUS REVENUES FROM  LOCAL.  OUR FEDERAL SOURCE IS FEDERAL  IMPACT AID, ROTC AND MEDICAID  AND OTHER FEDERAL RESOURCES.  OUR EXPENDITURE ASSUMPTION IN  THIS BUDGET.  WHEN WE BUILD THIS BUDGET, WE  ALSO HAVE INCREASES IN  EXPENDITURES.  INCREASE IN FRS, RETIREMENT RATE WENT UP BY 1.66% WHICH EQUATES  TO $5 MILLION FOR THIS FISCAL  YEAR AND HEALTH CARE COSTS WENT  UP BY 2.8% WHICH EQUATES TO $4  HAD.3 MILLION.  UTILITY COSTS, WE ESTIMATE  INCREASE BY $4.6 MILLION FOR  THIS BUDGET YEAR.  WHAT YOU ARE SEEING IS A  SNAPSHOT OF THE GENERAL FUND  ONLY.  FOCUSED ON THE BEGINNING, ENDING FUND BALANCE LAST YEAR $330  MILLION.  OPEN THIS YEAR, OUR FUNDING FUND BALANCE.  PROJECTED WILL END AT $336  MILLION.  THE $6 MILLION SURPLUS.  IF EVERYTHING STAYED THE SAME,  SURPASS OF 336 MILLION BUT WE  KNOW THE BUDGET IS FLUID AND  WILL CHANGE.  THIS -- IT IS HARD TO SEE, BUT  THIS IS OUR OVERALL BUDGET FOR  THE WHOLE FISCAL YEAR FOR ALL  FUNDS.  OUR GENERAL FUND, OUR TOTAL  REVENUE ALLOCATED FOR THAT IS  2,-- $2.3 BILLION.  OUR SPECIAL REVENUE ACCOUNT IS  $665.3 MILLION.  DEBT SERVICE, WE ARE GOING TO  SPEND AROUND $226.3 MILLION.  CAPITAL PROJECTS, THAT FUND IS  $932.9 MILLION.  INTERNAL SERVICES IS $212.2  MILLION.  GIVING US A STOW TALL ALLOCATED  BUDGET THIS FISCAL YEAR OF $4.4  BILLION.  SO JUST TO PUT IT IN THE FORMAT  OF OUR TOTAL BUDGET FOR THE  GENERAL FUND, TOTAL REVENUE  ESTIMATED TO BE $1.7 BILLION.  TOTAL EXPENDITURE WILL BE $1.741 MILLION.  IT WILL GIVE US A FINANCIAL  POSITION OF A SURPLUS OF $6.1  MILLION.  OUR BEGINNING FUND BALANCE,  WHICH WE STATED WAS FROM $330  MILLION, PLUS OUR SURPLUS OF  $6.1 PROJECTED SURPLUS OF 6.1,  WE WILL END THIS NEXT FISCAL  YEAR AT 336.2 MILLION WHICH IS A 19% ENDING FUND BALANCE.  AND THAT IS THE END OF THE  PRESENTATION.  SO I CAN TAKE QUESTIONS AT THIS  TIME ABOUT THE POWERPOINT  PRESENTATION.  

>>Nadia Combs: BOARD MEMBERS? OKAY.  WE WILL START WITH MEMBER  VAUGHN.  

>>Jim Porter: JUST REMEMBER A  MOTION ON THE FLOOR TO APPROVE  THE BUDGET TOO.  

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU.  I JUST WANTED TO POINT OUT THAT  WITH THOSE NUMBERS THAT YOU  HIGHLIGHTED AT THE BOTTOM OF OUR EXPECTED EXPENSES THAT WILL RISE DUE TO RETIREMENT, HEALTH CARE  COSTS, AND UTILITY, THAT IN JUST ONE YEAR, WE ARE LOOKING WITH  THOSE THREE ITEMS ALONE AT A $15 MILLION INCREASE IN EXPENDITURES IN THOSE AREAS.  SO I THINK THAT IS IMPORTANT TO  TALK ABOUT, BECAUSE I DON'T  THINK WE ALWAYS JUST THINK OF  THE STANDARD THINGS -- I MEAN WE TALK ABOUT INFLATION, BUT  ACTUALLY POINTING OUT HOW MUCH  HEALTH CARE, $5 MILLION ONE  YEAR.  UTILITY COST, $4 MILLION IN ONE  YEAR.  A GIGANTIC JUMP.  AND QUARTER THAT WE GAVE OUR  EMPLOYEES LAST YEAR.  I APPRECIATE YOU POINTING OUT  THOSE NEW PIECES THAT ARE  UNRESTRICTED CATEGORICALS, IF WE DON'T SPEND THEM, THEY WILL BE  BACK IN THE GENERAL FUND.  WE WANT THEN ALLOCATED FOR THE  CATEGORICALS, BUT IF WITHOUT  THEM BEING SWEPT AWAY THEY CAN  GO TO THE GENERAL FUND AND WE  HAVE MORE FLEX INABILITY THAT.  I APPRECIATE THOSE TWO PIECES  HAVING CLARITY WHEN IT COMES TO  THAT.  THANK YOU.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN.  BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE VOTE WHEN  YOUR LIGHTS APPEAR.  AND IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.  THE THIRD PART.  

>>Roe Johnson: IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE BOARD APPROVE THE  RESOLUTIONS ADOPTING THE MILLAGE RATES IN THE ADOPTED BUDGET.  

>>Nadia Combs: I NEED A MOTION  AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE  RESOLUTIONS APPROVING THE  MILLAGE RATE AND ADOPTED BUDGET  AS PRESENTED.  A MOTION BY MEMBER GRAY.  A SECOND BY MEMBER WASHINGTON.  IS THERE ANYONE PRESENT WHO  WISHES TO ADDRESS THE BOARD  CONCERNING THE MILLAGE RATES AND ADOPTED BUDGET? OKAY.  SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, DO YOU  HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS  APPEAR.  

>>Roe Johnson: IT IS RECOMMENDED --  

>>Nadia Combs: JUST ONE SECOND.  IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.  NOW THE FINAL PART.  

>>Roe Johnson: IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE BOARD AUTHORIZE STAFF  TO PERFORM ALL TASKS NECESSARY  TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH THE  TRUTH IN MILLAGE REQUIREMENTS OF CHAPTER 200 FLORIDA STATUTES.  

>>Nadia Combs: I NEED A MOTION  AND A SECOND TO AUTHORIZE STAFF  TO PERFORM ALL TASKS NECESSARY  FOR COMPLIANCE OF THE TRIM IN  MILLAGE OF CHAPTER 200 FLORIDA  STATUTES AS PRESENTED APPEAR  MOTION BY MEMBER WASHINGTON.  I HAVE A SECOND BY MEMBER GRAY.  IS THERE ANYONE PRESENT WHO  WISHES TO ADDRESS THE BOARD  CONCERNING THE AUTHORIZATION OF  STAFF TO PERFORM ALL TASKS  NECESSARY TO ENSURE THE  COMPLIANCE WITH ITS TRUTH IN  MILLAGE TRIM REQUIREMENTS OF  CHAPTER 200 FLORIDA STATUTES? SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, DO YOU  HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS  APPEAR.  AND IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.  WE WILL ADJOURN THE PUBLIC  HEARING ON THE ADOPTED BUDGET.  AND RECONVENE THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING.  OKAY.  THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS.  WHAT WE WILL DO NOW IS MOVE TO  SUPERINTENDENT COMMENTS AND THEN WE WILL PROBABLY HAVE EMPLOYEE  INPUT AFTER THAT.  SUPERINTENDENT AYRES.  

>>Superintendent Ayres: THANK  YOU, CHAIR COMBS.  SUPERINTENDENT WHY UP DATE.  WE COVERED IN OUR RECOGNITIONS  BUT A THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR  STAFF FOR THEIR HELP AND  SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY DURING  HURRICANE IDALIA.  I DID WANT TO MAKE ONE NOTE,  WITH FIRST SEMESTER MINUTES WITH THE TWO DAYS MISSED, WE ARE  SLIGHTLY UNDER OUR NUMBER OF  INSTRUCTIONAL MINUTES AND  WORKING WITH THE CLASSROOM  TEACHERS ASSOCIATION TO LOOK AT  ONE EARLY RELEASE DAY.  ONE DAY IS ALL WE NEED TO MEET  THE REARED NUMBER OF MINUTES FOR FIRST SEMESTER.  WE ARE WORKING WITH OUR  CLASSROOM TEACHER ASSOCIATION  AND WILL HAVE A DECISION NEXT  WEEK OF WHAT EARLY RELEASE DAY  WILL TURN INTO A FULL RIG SCHOOL DAY AND MEET OUR REQUIRED  MINUTES.  THE ANY OTHER DAYS THAT WE MISS  HERE WILL REQUIRE US TO TAP INTO -- WE, OF COURSE, DEGOT OCTOBER  16.  NOVEMBER 10.  ALL THE OTHER DAYS THAT ARE IN  OUR CALENDAR THAT WE CAN UTILIZE AS HURRICANE DAYS AS NEED BE.  AS OF NOW, WE HAVE FOR MAKE-UP.  WE HAVE THAT ONE EARLY RELEASE  DAY AND WORKING WITH OUR  CLASSROOM TEACHERS ASSOCIATION.  IN A STRATEGIC PLAN, SUPPORTIVE  ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE.  HIGHLIGHT TAYLOR GILLESPIE, A  JUNIOR AT BLOOMINGDALE HIGH  SCHOOL IS RAISING AWARENESS FOR  PEDIATRIC CANCER OPINION AN  ORGANIZATION SMALL BUT MIGHTY  HEROES IN MAKING POSITIVE IMPACT IN THE LIVES OF YOUNG CANCER  PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES AND  WRITTEN A BOOK IN SUPPORT OF  THEIR MISSION.  DURING THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER  WHICH IS CHILDHOOD CANCER  AWARENESS MONTH, TAYLOR IS  SPREADING HER FAMILY TO THE  BLOOMINGDALE FAMILY.  THE SCHOOL WILL BE PLACING GOLD  RIBBONS ON MAIN DOORS TO SHOW  SOLIDARITY FOR PEDIATRIC  PATIENTS.  TAYLOR RECORDED 823 COMMUNITY  SERVICE HOURS.  TO THE RIGHT, SHAW ELEMENTARY,  TALK OF SUPPORTIVE CULTURE AT  SHAW.  EACH MONTH, STAFF MEMBERS NO,  MA'AM KNIGHT NATE EACH OTHER TO  HELP STAFF MEMBERS GO THROUGH A  TOUGH SITUATION, GO ABOVE AND  BEYOND AND MAKE STUDENTS  ACADEMICALLY AND OR SOCIALLY.  IT IS NOT ONLY CONTAGIOUS BUT  FEEDS THE STAFF CULTURE.  LEFT, STUDENTS AT ROLAND AND  YORK INNOVATION TEAMED UP TO  RAISE MONEY FOR MAUI WILDFIRE IN VICTIMS.  AND THAT MONEY WILL GO TO THE  HAWAII TEACHERS ASSOCIATION AND  HELP TEACHERS AND FAMILIAR  AFFECTED BY THE FIRES.  TO THE RIGHT, POSTCARDS TO THE  PAST.  RESEARCHING DIGITALLY APPEARING  POSTCARDS THAT CONVEY HISTORICAL CONTEXT AND SIGNIFICANCE FROM A  SPECIFIC MATERIAL FROM TAMPA'S  PAST.  IT WILL BE SHARED WITH 11th  GRADE TEACHERS THIS UPCOMING  SCHOOL YEAR.  ONCE AGAIN ACADEMIC EXCELLENCES  U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT BEST  HIGH SCHOOLS.  ALL YOU HAVE OUR HIGH SCHOOLS  MADE THE LIST.  THE ONLY SCHOOL WE DID NOT HAVE  THAT MADE THE LIST WAS SUMNER.  THE ONLY REASON IT DID NOT IS A  FOUR-YEAR COHORT AS A  REQUIREMENT TO MAKE THE LIST.  WE HAVE FIVE OF OUR HIGH SCHOOLS THAT YOU WERE RANKED IN THE TOP  100, PLANT, NEW INSPECTEDSOM,  STEINBRENNER AND SICKLES.  SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO THOSE WHO  MADE THE TOP 100 AND ALL OF OUR  HIGH SCHOOLS FOR MAKING THE BEST HIGH SCHOOLS.  U.S. NEWS REPORT.  CLARK ELEMENTARY LIBERTY LONG  AND MAHI PATEL AS BEING NAMED  WINNERS IN THE INVENTION  MATERIALS CONVENTION.  170,000 PARTICIPANTS WORLDWIDE  AND 146 INVENTORS.  PATEL RECEIVED FIRST PLACE FOR A PROJECT ANALYZING LUNG CANCER  USING AI.  LILLIAN LONG FOR HER PROJECT  "YOU CAN TOUCH THIS." A SLIME MADE WITH DERMATOLOGIST  RECOMMENDED INGREDIENTS WITH  ESSENTIALS I HAVE IT SKIN.  FIFTH GRADER AND SIXTH-GRADER.  EXCEPTIONAL TALENT.  FOUR OF OUR LEADERS,  CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING LEADERS FOR THE KAHN, STAIRSEST  ARENA, KIMBERLY YAN AND YESHIRA  MITCHELL.  WE ARE EXTREMELY PROUD OF THEM  AND THEIR EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY AS THEY ARE PART OF THIS FELLOWSHIP OVER THE NEXT YEAR.  SUPPORTING TEACHERS.  STEP AND ACCELERATED TEACHER  PREPARATION PROGRAM SUPPORTED BY OUR HR AND PROFESSIONAL  DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.  THIS WAS THE FIRST CLASS 11  INDIVIDUALS FROM SATURDAY,  AUGUST 27.  OUR STEP PROGRAM.  PROGRAM TO GET MORE OF OUR  TEACHER INTO OUR ESC CLASSROOMS. BOARD MEMBERS, I ALSO WANTED TO  GIVE AN UPDATE TO OUR  CYBERSECURITY UPDATE.  ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 34, WE  REALIZE IT WAS A CYBERSECURITY  INCIDENT THAT IMPACTED CERTAIN  NETWORK RESOURCES.  AS A TEAM, WE TOOK IMMEDIATE  ATTAINMENT AND SENTINEL ONE, A  LEADING CYBERSECURITY PROVIDER  TO ASSIST WITH CONTAINMENT AND  IMMEDIATE RESPONSE.  UPON RETURNING FROM HURRICANE  CANCELLATIONS, CLASSES WERE ABLE TO CONTINUE WITHOUT ANY RAY JOR  DISRUPTION.  AND SUPPORT OUR INTERNAL TEAMS  AND FULL OPERATION OF AFFECTED  DEVICE.  WITH THEIR ASSISTANCE RECREATION PLAN WITH CORE SYSTEMS.  AND WORK TIRELESS THREE THROUGH  THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND TO GET  SYSTEMS BACK UP AND RUNNING.  GET A SHOUT OUT TO OUR I.T.  DEPARTMENT, SATURDAY, SUNDAY AND MONDAY DURING THE HOLIDAY  WEEKEND.  OUR I.T. TEAM WORK ALONGSIDE  SENTINEL ONE AND SUREFIRE TO  RESTORE SERVICES TO MOSTLY -- TO -- BACK FOR TUESDAY.  BY THE TIME STUDENTS RETURNED TO CLASSES ON TUESDAY, ALL OF OUR  CORE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS HAVE  BEEN SUCCESSFULLY RESTORED AND  SOME SUPPORT SYSTEMS REMAIN FOR  RESTORATION.  WE DO EXPECT THAT 90%  RESTORATION BY END OF DAY TODAY, SEPTEMBER 7.  AND SUMMARIZING, WE ARE  INVESTIGATING TO UNDERSTAND HOW  THIS INCIDENT OCCURRED, AS WELL  AS THE FULL SCOPE OF THE IMPACT. TWO THINGS I DO WANT OUR  COMMUNITY KNOW THAT OUR  INVESTIGATION IS ALSO ONGOING TO IDENTIFY THE NATURE AND EXTENT  OF ANY DATA THAT MAY BE SUBJECT  TO UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS.  IMPORTANTLY, OUR PRELIMINARY  FINDINGS INDICATE THAT OUR  STUDENT INFORMATION SYSTEM THAT  SECURELY HOUSES THE VAST  MAJORITY OF STUDENT EDUCATIONAL  DATA WAS NOT IMPACT.  WE TAKE THE PRIVACY IN OUR  POSSESSION VERY SERIOUSLY AND  WORKING DILIGENTLY TO UNDERSTAND MORE OF THIS INCIDENT AND  PROVIDE APPROPRIATE UPDATES AS  THIS PROCESS CONTINUES.  LAST SLIDE, OUR ANNUAL EMPLOYEE  BENEFITS ENROLLMENT IS SEPTEMBER 19-28.  WE ARE TRANSITIONING FROM HUMANA TO AETNA AND OUR ANNUAL  ENROLLMENT BENEFITS PERIOD FOR  THE SCHOOL YEAR.  HAND THIS IS ALL OF MY UPDATES,  CHAIR COMBS.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, BOARD  MEMBERS.  WE HAVE NO EMPLOYEES HERE FOR  EMPLOYEE INPUT AND GO AHEAD AND  MOVE ON TO BOARD COMMENTS.  START WITH MEMBER GRAY.  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MADAM  CHAIR.  AND THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT  AYRES FOR MENTIONING THE U.S.  NEWS BEST SCHOOLS.  AND -- AND CLARIFICATION FOR  HIGH SCHOOLS.  ALL OF OUR HIGH SCHOOLS BEING  RECOGNIZED.  I MEAN THAT IS A POWERFUL  STATEMENT.  A POWERFUL STATEMENT AND  COMPLIMENT NOT ONLY TO OUR  CABINET MEMBERS BUT OUR  PRINCIPALS AND MOST IMPORTANTLY  OUR TEACHERS.  SO WHEN WE TALK ABOUT PLANT,  NUMBER ONE, NEWSOME, NO, MA'AM  TWO, STEINBRENNER NUMBER THREE.  ROBINSON NUMBER FIVE.  SICKLES NUMBERS SIX.  SOME COULDN'T GET IT SUMNERS.  WOULD THEY NUMBER SEVEN.  

>> YOU HAVE TO HAVE A FOUR-YEAR  -- YOU HAVE TO HAVE A FOUR-YEAR  COHORT.  SUMNER NEXT YEAR WITHOUT DOUBT  WILL BE PART OF THAT LIST.  

>>Lynn Gray: POWERFUL  RECOGNITION TO THE HARD WORK  THAT OUR PRINCIPALS, AGAIN, AND  TEACHERS ARE DOING THROUGHOUT  THE NATION, WHILE VERY  IMPRESSIVE.  PABLO, AT THIS TIME YOU CAN GO  AND PUT ON THE SLIDES.  I AM TRYING TO REMEMBER WHICH  ONE.  OH, HERE WE GO.  THIS IS A BIG HUGE THANK YOU  TO DRUCY DIAZ.  OUR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC  SCHOOL STAFF.  AND POWERFULLY PUT ON WITH THE  HISPANIC COALITION, THE STUDENT  ONLINE SAFETY HUMAN TRAFFICKING  EVENT.  MONICA RODRIGUEZ, THE HEAD OF  THE HISPANIC COALITION BROUGHT  TOGETHER HER ORGANIZATION AT  LEARY AND WE HAD A TREMENDOUS  TURNOUT.  AND THANK YOU, MEMBER COMBS, FOR ATTENDING.  AND SUPERINTENDENT VAN AYRE.  VERY POWERFUL AND I SAY  COMPELLING.  THESE ARE EXPERTS -- NOT ME --  BUT THEY ARE EXPERTS THAT PUT  TOGETHER EVERYTHING FROM  TESTIMONIALS OF THEIR  EXPERIENCES OF BEING TRAFFICKED. FBI SHARING HAD THE SOCIAL MEDIA CONDUIT THAT OUR STUDENTS NOW  ARE USING TO BEGIN -- ALMOST  SMALL SUBTLE WAY BECOMING  GROOMED AND DESENSITIZED IN  SEXUAL ORIENTATIONS AND MORE  THAN THAT.  AND WE HAVE OUR HILLSBOROUGH  COUNTY SHERIFF OFFICE  PARTICIPATING AS ALWAYS.  WE THANK THEM.  AND AGAIN AND AGAIN, AMY L LEE GRANGER, THE MIAMI-DADE  PRESIDENT.  THAT PARENTED A STUDENTS ARE  AWARE OF THE CYBERBULLYING AND  SOCIAL MEDIA CONNECTION THAT OUR WONDERFUL STUDENTS, MY TWO  GRANDCHILDREN, MANY OF YOUR  CHILDREN.  SOME OF US HERE HAVE  GRANDCHILDREN AS WELL.  THE WEARNESS IS ONLY GOING TO  BECOME REAL THROUGH EDUCATION.  HAND THIS IS WHAT WE ARE GOING  TO DO.  SEVEN EVENTS WILL BE PLANNED  DURING THIS SCHOOL YEAR.  PABLO, DOVE ONE MORE? I DON'T KNOW -- THAT WAS IT,  RIGHT? SO I AM GOING TO CONCLUDE MY --  MY REMARKS AT THIS TIME.  THANK YOU.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MEMBER GRAY.  MEMBER WASHINGTON.  

>>Henry "Shake" Washington:  THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.  BEFORE WE SHOW THE VIDEO, I  WOULD LIKE TO THANK JERNISHA  WITH TAMPA GENERAL BECAUSE WE  HAVE IN OUR SCHOOLS THE  TELEHEALTH SERVICES AND THEY HAD A GREAT MEETING OVER AT FAUS  TST IN THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR.  TELEHEALTH IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR.  WE HAVE IT IN FOUR OR FIVE  SCHOOLS.  WE ARE TRYING TO EXPAND IT MORE. WE CAN KEEP KIDS IN SCHOOL IF  SICK.  IF THEY ARE SICK, THEY CAN COME  TO THE NURSES STATION AND WHERE  THEY CAN HAVE IT ON -- ON THE  COMPUTERS.  AND THEY CAN TALK TO THEM.  SEE WHAT IS GOING ON.  AND IF SOMETHING IS GOING ON,  THEY GIVE THEM THE INFORMATION.  AND THEN THEY GAVE IT TO THE  NURSE, THE NURSE CALLS THE  PARENTS.  AND WE CAN KEEP THEM IN SCHOOL.  BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF KIDS -- ESPECIALLY ELEMENTARY KIDS  HAVE A RUNNY NOSE.  ALWAYS SOMETHING WITH ELEMENTARY KIDS AND WE JUST WANTON KEEP  THEM IN SCHOOL.  I THINK THAT IS SO IMPORTANT.  I WOULD LIKE TO THANK KENISHA  OVER AT TAMPA GENERAL AND THE  BOARD BECAUSE WE VOTED TO HAVE  THIS PUT IN AND I WANT TO THANK  THE BOARD BECAUSE IT IS GOING TO BE PRODUCTIVE.  CAN WE MOVE TO BRANDON HIGH  SCHOOL NOW? WE HAVE A SLIDE.  SHOULD BE SLIDE 1, MAYBE.  OKAY.  THAT IS NOT THE ONE.  THAT IS PARDA.  SHOULD BE -- FROM -- SLIDE FROM  825.  SHOULD HAVE IT.  BUT IF NOT, LET ME TALK A LITTLE BIT.  DOESN'T MAKE A DIFFERENCE.  LET ME TALK A LITTLE BIT.  SO WE HAD A MEETING ON 825 AT  BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL IN THE HALL  AREA AS YOU COME INTO THE  BUILDING.  AND IT WAS FOR THE COMMUNITY TO  COME IN.  AND IT WAS REAL NICE, BECAUSE  DR. BASIGLIO WAS THE SPONSOR AND WHO DREW THE MURAL ON THE WALL  TO DEAL WITH REALITY.  WHAT IT SHOWED ON BRANDON HIGH  SCHOOL WAS AN EAGER, CARING  COMMUNITY.  WHAT WE WERE SHOWING THAT THE  SCHOOL CARRYING THE COMMUNITY  AND THE EAGLE WAS CARRYING THE  COMMUNITY AND IT WAS VERY NICE.  NICE MURAL.  VERY SPIN I HAVE IT.  THANKS THE DOCTOR FOR SPONSORING THAT.  THEN WE HAD A CHANCE TO VISIT  THE -- THE TEACHERS WELLNESS  CENTER AND COMMUNITY SCHOOL  PANTRY WHERE THEY HAVE A VARIETY OF CLOSING IN THERE FOR  STUDENTS.  THEY COME IN -- IF THEY WANT  SOMETHING AND COME IN AND  SUNSHINE AND HAVE ONE OF EACH.  IT IS VERY ORGANIZED.  THEY HAVE SOME REALLY GOOD  CLOTHES IN THERE TOO.  I WAS EXCITED AND THE COMMUNITY  SCHOOL.  IT WAS REAL NICE.  IT WAS REALLY NICE.  AND THEN WE HAD -- THEN WE HAVE  THE BRANDON MISSION BOOST -- THE BOOSTER MISSION OF SPIRIT A AND MORALE IS IN THE SCHOOL.  I AM GOING TO TELL YOU THAT I AM VERY IMPRESSED WITH DR. CH CHANGE CLANG.  JEREMY DOES A GREAT JOB.  HE HAS THOSE KIDS.  THEY ARE AT A PLUS ROLL ON  BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL.  THEY ARE VERY AMENABLE.  THEY WALK DOWN THE HALLWAY AND  SPEAK BALLS HE HAS THE PERSONAL  TO DEAL WITH THE STUDENTS IN A  POSITIVE WAY AND BRINGING BACK  THE HISTORY HOW BRANDON USED TO  BE.  AND THAT IS SO IMPORTANT.  KIDS ARE ACCEPTING IT.  AND THEY ARE SO NICE AND THEY  SPEAK.  IF THEY HAVE A PROBLEM AND COME  UP TO YOU, THEY DON'T DISRUPT  YOU.  I WAS IMPRESSED.  I WOULD LIKE TO THANK DR. CLANG  FOR DOING A GREAT JOB OVER AT  BRANDON AND I KNOW THEY WILL  CONTINUE TO DO A GOOD JOB.  THAT IS ALL I HAVE TODAY, MADAM  CHAIR.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MEMBER WASHINGTON.  MEMBER VAUGHN.  

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU.  I DON'T HAVE MUCH TO SAY.  JUST A FEW THINGS I WANT TO  HIGHLIGHT.  YOU KNOW THE BEST THING OF BEING A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER IS REALLY  GETTING OUT IN ALL OF OUR  COMMUNITIES AND SEEING ALL THE  DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS THAT  COME TOGETHER OR WORK.  OR NOT-FOR-PROFIT OR, YOU KNOW,  VOLUNTEERS THAT ARE SUPPORTING  OUR STUDENTS LIKE THE RESOURCES  AND ALL THE DIFFERENT GROUPS WE  HAVE IN OUR COMMUNITY AND  UNDERSTANDING HOW THEY ALL FIT  TOGETHER TO SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS AND SCHOOLS ARE SO AMAZING.  KIND OF IN LINE WITH WHAT YOU  WERE TALKING ABOUT, MEMBER  WASHINGTON.  OASIS WHICH I TALK ABOUT A FEW  TIMES.  IT SERVICES OUR STUDENTS.  GIVE SOCIAL WORKERS ANY CLOTHES  OR SUPPLIES THAT THE CHILDREN  MAY NEED THAT HAVE BEEN GENTLY  USED.  THEY HAVE A SPOT AT TAMPA PALMS  ELEMENTARY IN SOME PORTABLES.  UNFORTUNATELY, THOSE PORTABLES  ARE BEING CONDEMNED BECAUSE THEY CAN'T WITHHOLD.  AND LOOKING FOR A SPOT TO SET  UP.  IF WE HAVE A SCHOOL THAT IS  UNDERENROLLED AND HAVE  CLASSROOMS OR PORTABLES THAT CAN REPLACE AND MOVE THEM AROUND.  THEY ARE AMAZING ORGANIZATION.  TAMPA PALMS ELEMENTARY A AN CHILES.  CAME TOGETHER AND I HAVE SEEN  FIRST HAND HOW THEY HELP OUR  STUDENTS WHO NEED SUPPLIES.  THAT IS AN AMAZING GROUP.  I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO OUT  TO MEACHAM FARMS WHICH I THINK  OTHER BOARD MEMBERS HAVE WHICH  IF PEOPLE DON'T KNOW AN AMAZING  ORGANIC FARM DOWNTOWN.  AND TASTE SOME OF THEIR PEANUTS  AND SOME OF THE OTHER BERRIES  THEY HAVE ON THEIR FARM AND  LOOKING FORWARD TO PARTNERING  WITH THEM AND THING THEY CAN TO  DO GET STUDENTS ENGAGED IN URBAN FARMING, ORGANIC FARMING.  SCHOOLS HAVE GARDEN BES THEY CAN START AND A LOT OF WAYS TO KEEP  THE GARDENS OVER THE SUMMER AND  A WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE.  SOME GLAD WE PARTNER WITH THEM.  I GO TO SO MANY PTA GROUPS.  THANK YOU TO ALL THE PTAs THAT  INVITED ME.  AMAZING TO ENGAGE WITH PARENTS  AND TEACHERS.  AND GET SOME COUNTY POLICIES WE  TALK ABOUT AND CONCERNS IN THE  SCHOOLS AND A GOOD OPPORTUNITY  TO EXPLAIN TO PARENTS WHAT THE  SCHOOL BOARD DOES.  BECAUSE A LOT OF PARENTS DON'T  UNDERSTAND WHAT WE DO.  FINALLY HE A NEW PRINCIPAL I GOT TO MEET AT STRAWBERRY  CORRECTION.  PRINCIPAL WATSON.  HE COMES FROM DURANT.  HE HAD BEEN TO STEINBRENNER AS  WELL.  HE IS GREAT.  AT THAT YOU CAN TO TO THE  234U8IB PROGRAM OF IB AND  CAMBRIDGE AND HOW THEY SEE IT  AND EXCITED OF THE MAGNET FAIRS  IN OCTOBER.  FOR PARENTS LOOKING FOR  ACCELERATED CLASSROOMS GOING TO  THE MAGNET FAIRS AND LEARNING  WHICH PATHWAY IS GOOD FOR YOUR  STUDENT WILL BE GREAT.  THAT'S ALL I HAVE ON MY LIST AND TO GO OUT THERE AND SEE ALL THE  DIFFERENT ORGANIZATION US THAT  DON'T KNOW THAT WE WOULD, WITH,  WHO SUPPORT US AND I AM SO  HONORED TO DO THAT.  THANK YOU.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN.  MEMBER PEREZ?

>>Karen Perez: THANK YOU, MADAM  CHAIR.  SO, YOU KNOW, FIRST, I WANT TO  TALK ABOUT OUR OUR DISTRICT AND  AS BOARD MEMBER I GET A LOT OF  CALLS FROM PARENTS ASKING US --  THEY DON'T WANT US TO MOVE  MOUNTAINS.  THEY WANT US TO HELP THEM, HELP  THEIR STUDENTS AND WHEN I CALL  IT -- SUPERINTENDENT WHEN I CALL YOU TO HELP THESE PARENTS, YOU  KNOW, IT -- IT HAPPENS.  YOU -- YOU MOVE THOSE MOUNTAINS  FOR OUR FAMILIES UP KNOW, I HAVE A GRANDMOTHER -- A GREAT  GRANDMOTHER WHO IS IN CHARGE OF  GETTING THE GREAT GRANDCHILDREN  TO THE BUS STOP.  AND YOU -- YOU KNOW, YOU A ARE FARKAS WAS ABLE TO GET THAT  BUS, YOU KNOW, WHERE THE  GRANDMOTHER IS BLIND, GETTING  THOSE CHILDREN WHERE SHE WAS NOT IN A PLACE OF JEOPARDIZING HER  WELL BEING TO GET THOSE STUDENTS TO THE BUS STOP.  YOU KNOW, THOSE THINGS THAT WE  DO FOR OUR FAMILIES TO ENSURE  THAT THE STUDENTS GET TO SCHOOL. I WANT TO THANK OUR STAFF FOR  THE THINGS THEY DO FOR  LISTENING.  I KNOW SOMETIMES I AM ON THE  PHONE SATURDAY MORNING AT 7:00  AND YOU KNOW I AM ON THE PHONE  ON A SATURDAY MORNING OR A  SUNDAY BECAUSE I AM A BOARD  MEMBER THAT DOES THAT.  BUT YOU ANSWER.  AND YOU HELP.  AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR  THAT.  SO AUGUST 26, I WENT TO THE HEAD START FAMILY FAIR.  YOU KNOW, REMINDING OUR PARENTS  TO GET OUR CHILDREN INTO SCHOOL  AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.  UP KNOW, LEARNING STARTS EARLY.  YOU KNOW, WE NEED TO HELP OUR  KIDS.  STARTING READING.  IMPORTANT TO GET THEM READING  EARLY.  AND THEY ARE GOING TO BE HAVING  ANOTHER ONE SOON.  IT IS ON ELLICOTT, THE HEAD  START FAMILY CENTER IS ON  ELLICOTT, BUT I WILL ANNOUNCE  WHEN THAT NEXT ONE IS.  I DO, HOWEVER, WANT TO TAKE A  MOMENT TO ADDRESS SOMETHING.  A SITUATION THAT -- SOME  COMMENTS ABOUT MORGAN WOODS AND  THE FAMILIES THERE.  YOU KNOW, WE ALWAYS FIGHT FOR  OUR FAMILIES AND OUR CHILDREN.  THE SITUATION IN MORGAN WOODS  CONCERNING THE COUNTY'S PARK AND RECREATION DIVISION AND THE  FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF COMMUNITY  STUDIES, ORGANIZATION.  MANY OF YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN OR  READ THE ARTICLE IN WEDNESDAY'S  PAPER SHARING THE DUR RENT  SITUATION CONCERNING OUR  STAKEHOLDERS.  WHILE THEY CAN NOT REACH AN  AGREEMENT, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY  PUBLIC SCHOOLS MAINTAINLESS A  GREAT APPRECIATIATION AND  RESPECT FOR BOTH ORGANIZATIONS.  I WAS MADE AWARE OF A SITUATION  CONCERNING BOTH PARTIES AND THE  POTENTIAL IMPACT IT COULD HAVE  ON OUR FAMILIES.  AND THOSE STUDENTS IN TOWN AND  COUNTRY AREA TO ENSURE THAT  SERVICES AND SUPPORT TO OUR  STUDENTS AND FAMILIES ARE NOT  DISRUPTED.  WE ARE ENGAGED THE BOYS AND  GIRLS CLUB LOCATED AT MORGAN  WOODS ELEMENTARY TO ENSURE THE  STUDENTS WHO WERE IMPACTED COULD TRANSITION TO THAT PROGRAM.  BECAUSE OUR STUDENTS COME FIRST  AND THEIR FAMILIES COME FIRST.  AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY  HAVE A SAFE PLACE TO GO TO AND  ENSURE THAT THEIR I CAN'T HAVE  SCHOOL PROGRAM IS ALWAYS IN  PLACE.  IT IS OUR DUTY TO ENSURE THAT  OUR CHILDREN ARE ALWAYS THE  FIRST PRIORITY AND WE WILL  ALWAYS TIME PREPARE THEM FOR  LIFE.  SO [SPEAK WORLD LANGUAGE]

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU.  THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ.  I JUST WANT TO SAY A COUPLE OF  THINGS.  UP KNOW THE BUS AND  TRANSPORTATION WITH OUR SHORTAGE OF USES, IT HAS BEEN A LOT AND  OUR BUS DRIVERS ARE WORKING  VERY, VERY HARD AND I WANTED TO  GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO LAURA HILL.  BECAUSE EVERY TIME I E-MAIL HER  CONCERNED, SHE IS SO RESPONSIVE  AND I REALLY WANTED TO THANK  HER.  ONE OF THE THINGS IS -- GOING  OUT TO THE SCHOOLS IS REALLY  KIND OF -- REALLY KEEPS -- YOU  KNOW, LET'S US KEEP OUR PULSE  WITH WHAT IS GOING ON.  BUT I WILL SAY I WENT TO  MENDENHALL LAST WEEK AND OUR NEW PRINCIPAL DID A NEW THING WHERE  THERE WERE SEVEN OR EIGHT KIDS,  ALL FIFTH GRADER WENT IN A  CIRCLE AND THEY ASKED ME SO MANY QUESTIONS AND REALLY TALKED  ABOUT WHAT THEIR NEEDS WERE.  AND ASKED ME A LOT OF PERSONAL  QUESTIONS AND A LOT OF  PROFESSIONAL QUESTIONS.  AND IT WAS JUST A GREAT WAY.  I REALLY, REALLY ENJOYED THAT.  I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE  OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT, THE  SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND VAL VALLEY LACATA FROM THE PTA THAT  WORKS SO HARD IN THAT ONE AREA.  UP WENT OUT TO THE CROSSING  GUARDS TO SEE THE ONE AREA IN  WESTCHASE BY THE EAGLES THAT HAS SO MUCH TRAFFIC TO BE ABLE TO  KEEP THOSE GUARDS IN PLACE IS  EXTREMELY IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT  IS VERY, VERY BUSY OUT THERE.  SO I WANTED TO THANK EVERYBODY  WHO CAME TOGETHER TO WORK ON  THAT AND MAKE SURE THAT WENT AS  WELL.  AND THEN FINALLY, WE WENT OUT  WITH THE HILLSBOROUGH PUBLIC  SCHOOL ADVOCATES TO REALLY  CELEBRATE THE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS. THANK YOU SUPERINTENDENT AYRES  FOR BEING THERE AND BEEF O'  BR BRADY'S THAT PROVIDED LUNCH TO  SO MANY LEADERS IN OUR COMMUNITY SCHOOLS.  WE KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THAT IS.  AS I SAID BEFORE, SCHOOLS HAVE  CHANGED.  THEY PROVIDED SO MUCH FOR  FAMILIES AS FAR AS PROVIDING  HEALTH.  ADVOCATING FOR AFTERSCHOOL  PROGRAMS.  FOOD.  ALL SORTS OF THINGS.  AND WE ARE SEEING THAT THE  COMMUNITY SCHOOLS IS REALLY THE  WAY WE NEED TO CONTINUE DOING  THAT AND I APPRECIATE ALL THE  GROUPS THAT WORK HARD ON THAT.  FINALLY, FULL SHOW.  I AM GOING TO -- OUR HISPANIC  HERITAGE.  IT IS -- I ANTICIPATE LITERALLY  THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE.  I HAD A SCHOOL OUTSIDE DISTRICT  ONE WHO SAID CAN WE JOIN AND  PERFORM.  IT WILL BE A GREAT EVENT.  IT IS GOING TO BE AT LETO HIGH  SCHOOL.  AND THANK YOU MRS. McCOY WHO  JUST OPENED UP HER ARMS AND  GOING TO DO THAT THURSDAY,  OCTOBER 12, 66 TO 7:30 AND COULD BE LATER BECAUSE WE HAVE A LOT  OF PERFORMANCES GOING AND SENT  OUT TO ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO CELEBRATING ALL  OF OUR STUDENTS AND ALL OF OUR  DIFFERENT CULTURES.  THANK YOU, EVERYONE, AND HAVE A  NICE MEETING.  THIS MEETING IS ADJOURNED.