School Board

School Board

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...

Cindy Stuart, Chair - 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...

Tamara Shamburger - District 5

Tamara was born and raised in Tampa by her mother and father, along with three other siblings. Tamara is the proud mother of one daughter. Early on Tamara learned the value of hard work, teamwork, and perseverance. As a young mother, education was vital in providing a sustainable and productive life for herself and her daughter. A product of Hillsborough County public schools, Tamara is a proud graduate of Bloomingdale Senior High School. More...

Sally Harris, Vice Chair - 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...

Lynn Gray - District 7

Gray was a teacher and instructional leader for 26 years in Hillsborough County. Her educational highlights include being named Teacher of the Year and Peer Counselor of the Year. She spent 16 years as an instructor and department head in Hillsborough County Public Schools, nine years of instruction and department head at Jesuit High School and three years as a part time adjunct instructor for JMJ of Tampa Bay Homeschooling. Lynn Gray taught AP U.S. History, Advanced U.S. History, Psychology and Global Studies for 9th-12th grade. 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...

Susan L. Valdes - 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...

Hillsborough County Public Schools will use walk-through metal detection security devices and hand wands at our upcoming school board meetings.
Employees and visitors to 901 E. Kennedy Blvd. will be required to go through security screening as they enter the school board meeting. The safety of our staff and visitors is a top priority for Hillsborough County Public Schools.

Board Meetings

See dates, times, and locations on the Meeting Dates page.

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 635 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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