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901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in special called session on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 3:30 p.m., in the School Board Auditorium, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with Superintendent Jeff Eakins, and Board Members Lynn Gray, April Griffin, Sally Harris, Tamara Shamburger, Melissa Snively, Cindy Stuart, and Susan Valdes present. Chair Cindy Stuart presided.

Others present were:

Board Attorney: James Porter
District Attorney: Jeff Gibson

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

Assistant Superintendents/Division Chiefs:
      Academic Support and Federal Programs: Tracye Brown
      Business Services: Gretchen Saunders
      Community Relations: Teresa Lantigua Peterson
      Diversity: Minerva Spanner-Morrow - absent
      Educational Leadership and Professional Development: Tricia McManus - absent
      Governmental Relations: Connie Milito - absent
      Human Resources: Stephanie Woodford – absent (Marie Whelan)
      Operations: Chris Farkas
      Outreach and School Improvement: Larry Sykes, Ed.D
      Student Services: Wynne Tye
      Teaching and Learning Deborah Cook

External Communications Manager: Tanya Arja
Superintendent’s Secretary (Recording): Lori Woods

News Media Representatives:
      Tampa Bay Times: Marlene Sokol
      Fox 13 – Lloyd Sowers
      Channel 8 – Jeff Patterson
      Telemundo – Natalia Rodriguez

Approximately 70 people were in the audience, including other school district personnel.

Call to Order: Meeting called to order at 3:30 p.m.

Moment of Silence and Pledge of Allegiance: Moment of silence followed by Vice Chair Harris leading in the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag.

Withdrawn Items: 4:02a

Adoption of the Agenda:

Motion by Vice Chair Harris, second by Mrs. Shamburger, to adopt the agenda. Motion unanimously carried.

Board – Roll Call: Chair Stuart declared a quorum with six Board Members present. Mrs. Griffin absent from dais. Mrs. Griffin arrived at 3:34 p.m.

Board Guidelines

Vice Chair Harris read the guidelines into the record.

Chair Stuart announced employee input will be time certain at 4:30 p.m.

Motion by Mrs. Valdes, second by Mrs. Snively, to reduce speaking time of speakers to two minutes each. Motion unanimously carried.

Speakers to Agenda Items

Vice Chair Harris read the guidelines for public comments.

Speaker Item No.
Ryan Haczynski Audience Comments
Cynthia Shellabarger C7.01, Audience Comments
Dr. Meredith Johnson C7.01
Dr. Marcy Baker C7.01
Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins C7.01, Audience Comments
Christine Hendry C7.01
Chandra Mitchell Hancz Audience Comments
Steven Hancz Audience Comments
Sudhir Shah Audience Comments
Haichu Sun Audience Comments
Teresa Jin Audience Comments
Jie Ling Audience Comments
Roya Monfared-Feghhi Audience Comments
Jack Liu Audience Comments
Aneta Grajcarek Audience Comments
Melanie Bolender Audience Comments
Rishihesh Sawant Audience Comments

Employee Comment convened at 4:20 p.m.

Faye Cook

Employee comment adjourned at 4:32

Administrative Appointments (Section B) None

Recommendations and Reports of Superintendent Requiring Board Approval

(Section C)

1.00 Office of Teaching and Learning (Elizabeth Agresta): None
2.00 Student Services (Wynne Tye): None
3.00 Academic Support and Federal Programs Division (Tracye Brown): None
4.00 Human Resources Division (Stephanie Woodford): None
5.00 Leadership and Professional Development (Tricia McManus): None
6.00 Business Division (Gretchen Saunders): None
7.00 Operations Division (Chris Farkas):
7.01 Approve the 2017-2018 and Tentative 2018-2019 Bell Schedules moved up prior to public comment

Superintendent Eakins highlighted the item.


  • Analyze swapping elementary and high school student start time
  • Well-being of student a priority
  • Maximize student seat time
  • Traffic pattern concerns regarding student school arrival time
  • Conversation needed around philosophy with partners
  • HOST needs will increase
  • Transportation is the major concern for change in bus schedule
  • Student attendance issues are a concern
  • Due to delay of implementation of changed bell schedule, students arriving late to school will continue for another year
  • Review of other bell schedule models
  • Input from Extra Reading Time (ERT) school sites
  • Supportive of additional time between bus runs
  • Begin a Study to place high school students at a later start time
  • What are we doing to minimize tardies?
  • ERT schools impact all connecting schools
  • Decision to change bell schedule came after Gibson Report recommendations
  • Increased funds back in the classrooms
  • Twenty-seven minutes between high school bell time and elementary bell time is not logical
  • Poor communication of requested bell schedule changes
  • Stakeholder input is important
  • How will routing be affected by the elimination of courtesy busing?
  • Bell Schedule Workshop requested
  • Bell schedule change was considered in 2007 from consulting firm
  • Minutes provided for elementary arts and specials
  • Schools will have opportunity for sports events to begin an hour earlier
  • Continued conversations and clear transparency required
  • Students arrive 30 minutes prior to school start time for breakfast
  • Concern for students to receive needed class time
  • HOST will work with all schools

Comments made by Mrs. Valdes, Mrs. Gray, Mrs. Shamburger, Vice Chair Harris, Mrs. Snively, Mrs. Griffin, and Chair Stuart.

Motion by Mrs. Griffin, second by Mrs. Valdes, to Approve the 2017-2018 and Tentative 2018-2019 Bell Schedules. Motion carries with Mrs. Snively opposed

Motion by Vice Chair Harris, second by Mrs. Griffin, to request Superintendent to perform a study regarding a later start time for high school students and report back to the Board within 4 to 6 month. Motion carried unanimously.

8.00 Administration Division (Harrison Peters): None
9.00 Community Relations (Vacant): None
10.00 Office of Diversity (Minerva Spanner-Morrow): None
11.00 Outreach and School Improvement (Larry Sykes, Ed.D.): None
12.00 Unclassified: None
13.00 Information Items: None

Adjournment – with no further business the meeting was adjourned at 6:03 (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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