Hillsborough County Public Schools and offices and schools will be closed Monday, December 22, through Friday, January 2, for the Winter holidays. Regular hours will resume Monday, January 5, 2015.  Have a safe and happy holiday.

Susan Valdes, Chair - District 1

Susan L. Valdes was elected to the School Board (District 1) in 2004, and was reelected in 2008 and 2012. Mrs. Valdes served as School Board chair in 2010, and vice chair in 2009 and 2014. She is one of seven members responsible for making policy decisions and overseeing a budget of $2.9 billion for the 8th largest school district in the nation, which also is the county's largest employer with more than 26,000 employees. More...

Doretha Edgecomb, Vice Chair - District 5

Doretha W. Edgecomb was elected to the School Board (District 5) in 2004, and reelected in 2008 and 2012. Ms. Edgecomb served as chair of the School Board in 2011, after serving as vice chair in 2010. She is one of seven members responsible for making policy decisions and overseeing a total budget of $2.9 billion for the 8th largest school district in the nation, which is also the county's largest employer with more than 26,000 employees. More...

Sally Harris - District 2

Sally Harris was elected to the School Board, in District 2, in 2014. She is one of seven members responsible for making policy decisions and overseeing a total budget of $2.9 billion for the 8th largest school district in the nation, which is also the county’s largest employer with more than 26,000 employees. More...

Cindy Stuart - District 3

Cindy Stuart was elected to the School Board (District 3) in 2012. Mrs. Stuart is one of seven members responsible for making policy decisions and overseeing a total budget of $2.9 billion for the 8th largest school district in the nation, which is also the county's largest employer with more than 26,000 employees. More...

Melissa Snively - District 4

Melissa Snively was elected to the Hillsborough County School Board (District 4) in 2014. She is one of seven members responsible for making policy decisions and overseeing a total budget of $2.9 billion for the 8th largest school district in the nation, which is also the county’s largest employer with more than 26,000 employees. More...

April Griffin - District 6

April Griffin was elected to the School Board (District 6 - countywide) in 2006, and reelected in 2010. Mrs. Griffin was elected School Board chair in 2013, after serving as vice chair in 2012. She is one of seven members responsible for making policy decisions and overseeing a total budget of $2.9 billion for the 8th largest school district in the nation, which is also the county's largest employer with more than 26,000 employees. More...

Carol Kurdell - District 7

Carol W. Kurdell was elected to the School Board (District 7, countywide) in 1992, and has served six terms. Mrs. Kurdell served as School Board chair in 1997, 2003, 2009, and 2014; and vice chair in 1996, 2002, 2008, and 2013. She is one of seven members responsible for making policy decisions and overseeing a budget of $2.9 billion for the 8th largest school district in the nation, which is also the county's largest employer with more than 26,000 employees. More...

Board Meetings

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Meetings are open to the public. More information is available in the Meeting Guidelines.

Aired on Television

School Board meetings are aired on the Tampa Bay Arts & Education Network, Bright House Networks channel 614 and Verizon channel 32, live and replays on Tuesdays and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Webcasts

School Board meetings since July 2012 have been indexed and are available online. Choose a meeting you wish to view, click on an agenda item, and the video will skip ahead to that portion of the video. Click here to select from the meeting archive.

Responsibilities and Authority of the Board

The school board is responsible for the organization and control of the district’s public schools and is empowered to determine the policies necessary for the effective operation and the general improvement of the school system. The school board is a public corporate entity and can take action only when the board is meeting in official public session and a quorum is present. An individual member of the school board has authority to take official action only when sitting as a member of the school board in public session except when the school board specifically authorizes the member to act. The school board is not bound in any way by any action on the part of an individual board member or an employee except when such statement or action is in compliance with the public action of the school board.

Organization and Officers of the Board

A chair and vice-chair are elected annually by the School Board of Hillsborough County at its organizational meeting held on the third Tuesday after the first Monday in November; however, if the chair becomes vacant, the school board elects a chair at the next regular or special meeting.

The chair presides at all school board meetings, appoints committees and performs such other duties prescribed by law or by action of the school board. The vice-chair presides in the absence of the chair and performs other duties of the chair as required by circumstances. The chair and vice-chair are bonded in the manner prescribed by the State Board of Education.

The superintendent, as provided by law, is the secretary and executive officer of the school board. At any organizational meeting, the superintendent acts as chair until the organization of the school board is completed.

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