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901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in workshop session September 13, 2016, at 1 p.m., in the Staff Conference Room #283, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with Superintendent Jeff Eakins and Board Members Doretha W. Edgecomb, April Griffin, Sally Harris, Carol Kurdell, Melissa Snively, Cindy Stuart, and Susan Valdes (2:12 arrival) present. Chair Griffin presided. 

Others present: 

District Attorney – Jeff Gibson
School Board Attorney – Jim Porter 

Chief of Staff – Alberto Vázquez, Ed.D.
Deputy Superintendent – Van Ayres
Chief of Schools, Administration – Harrison Peters 

Assistant Superintendents/Division Chiefs:
            Business – Gretchen Saunders
            Diversity – Minerva Spanner-Morrow 
            Government Relations – Connie Milito
            Human Resources – Stephanie Woodford
            Operations – Rory Salimbene represented Chris Farkas
            Outreach – Larry Sykes, Ed.D.
            Student Services – Wynne Tye
            Teaching and Learning – Elizabeth Agresta                 

Chief Community Relations Officer – T.G. Taylor
Senior Administrative Secretary (Recording) – Patti McBride 

News Media Representatives:
            Tampa Bay Times – Marlene Sokol                                              

Approximately 16 people were in the audience, including other school district personnel. 

Chair Griffin called the workshop to order at 1:05 p.m. 


School Board Policies (Chief of Schools - Administration)


This workshop was held to review policy updates.


Mr. Porter commented on the following board recommended policies:

  • 3120.12 – Units (new) -- Business/Human Resources – removed from discussion at this time.    
  • Bathroom Usage (new) – Operations – currently does not have a policy number assigned


Charter Schools

  • 9800 – Charter Schools (revised) 

Jenna Hodges discussed this policy to include charter school statutes, application procedures and content; school openings and governance; payments to charter schools by the Board and financial reports. 

Business Services

  • 6144 – Investments (revised) 

Gretchen Saunders introduced Steve Brady, Department Manager – Budget/Investments. Mrs. Saunders discussed this policy to include scope; authority; investment and banking/financial transactions; facsimile signatures; investment objectives; prudent and ethical standards; authorized investments; third party custodial agreements; master repurchase agreement; internal controls; investment performance and reporting; electronic transfer of funds; Glossary of Cash and Investment Management Terms. 

Staff, along with attorneys Jim Porter/Jeff Gibson, will work together regarding Investment Oversight Committee language, and bring back the new changes highlighted in a different color other than red (keeping the current highlighted section in red).



  • 6330 – Acquisition of Professional Architecture, Engineering, Construction Management, Landscape Architectural, or Land Surveying Services (revised)
  • 6331 – Construction Contracting (revised)
  • 6345 – Change Orders (revised) 

Rory Salimbene discussed these policies to include Professional Services Selection Committee and selection of prototypes for reuse (6330); alternatives to bidding and standard contracts statute number changes (6331); change orders (6345).



  • 2260.02 – Nondiscrimination Grievance Procedures (revised) 

Dr. Pansy Houghton, Executive Officer – Compliance, discussed this policy to include change in location for compliance officer (removed from Human Resources), and resolving a school-level grievance.


Student Services

  • 8390 – Animals on District Property (revised)]
  • 2411 – Student Counseling Services (revised) 

Wynne Tye and Christina Benito, ESE Supervisor, discussed these policies to include definitions; vaccination, licensing and/or veterinary requirements; animals in schools and elsewhere on district property; required documentation for service animals for students; implementation plan for a student’s use of a service animal at school;; eligibility of a student’s service animal for transportation; service animals for employees, parents, vendors, visitors, and others; removing and/or excluding a service animal; and statute number changes.   (Not just an Exceptional Student Education policy - the Divisions of Human Resources – Risk Management and Safety, and Teaching and Learning also get involved). 

  • 2431.01 – Participation for Student-Athletes Who Transfer (revised) 

Lanness Robinson discussed this policy to include address verification; choice option transfers; foreign exchange programs (military transfers); and general regulations. 

  • 5517.01 – Foreign Students (revised) 

Wynne Tye discussed this policy to include proof of residency; birth certificates; social security numbers, race or ethnicity data; visas; exchange student programs; enrollment; English knowledge; exchange student conduct and privileges; exchange student withdrawal; and placement of foreign students.



  • 5517.01 – Bullying and Harassment (revised) 

Tanly Cabrera discussed this policy to include a few grammatical changes, and list of authorized programs.


Board members and staff discussed all items – changes/suggestions were made (as needed) on the policies presented for Administration, Business, Charter, Compliance, Operations, and Student Services. 

Due to time restraints the following "board recommended” revised/new policies will be discussed at a later date (to be determined).

  • 1130 – Assignments (revised) – Human Resources and Administration
  • 3120.12 – Units (new) – Business and Human Resources
  • 6320.03 – Apprentices (new) – Operations
  • Policy number not assigned – Bathroom Usage (new) – Operations

 Other Topics:

  • There was consensus by the Board to reschedule the 5 p.m., Tuesday, September 20, 2016, Special Called Board meeting to Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at 1 p.m. 
  • The "Discipline” workshop scheduled for 1 p.m., September 27, 2016, will be rescheduled for another date to be determined.

With no further discussion, the workshop adjourned at 3:02 p.m.  (Audio recording on file.)

HCPS publishes minutes of School Board meetings after Board approval. Although the online minutes do not include signatures, citizens may arrange to review the official documents by completing a public records request with the Communications Department.

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