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901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in special session Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at 1 p.m., in the School Board Auditorium, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with Superintendent Jeff Eakins, and Board Members Doretha W. Edgecomb, April Griffin, Sally Harris, Carol W. Kurdell, Melissa Snively, Cindy Stuart, and Susan Valdes present.  Chair April Griffin presided.

Others present were:

Board Attorney – James Porter

District Attorney – Jeff Gibson

Chief of Staff:  Alberto Vazquez, Ed.D.

Deputy Superintendent:  Van Ayres - absent

Chief of Schools, Administration:  Harrison Peters

Assistant Superintendents/Division Chiefs:

      Academic Support and Federal Programs –Tracye Brown

      Business – Gretchen Saunders

      Community Relations – TG Taylor

      Diversity – Minerva Spanner-Morrow - absent

      Educational Leadership and Professional Development – Tricia McManus

      Governmental Relations – Connie Milito 

      Human Resources – Stephanie Woodford

      Operations – Chris Farkas

      Outreach and School Improvement - Larry Sykes, Ed.D

      Student Services – Wynne Tye

      Teaching and Learning – Elizabeth Agresta - absent

External Communications Manager – Tanya Arja

Superintendent’s Secretary (Recording) – Lori Woods

News Media Representatives:

      Tampa Bay Times – Marlene Sokol

Approximately 45 people were in the audience, including other school district personnel.

Call to Order:  Meeting called to order at 1:03 p.m.

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

Adoption of the Agenda:

Motion by Mrs. Edgecomb, second by Mrs. Harris, to adopt the agenda.  Motion unanimously carried.

Board – Roll Call:  Chair Griffin declared a quorum with all Board Members present. 

Board Guidelines

Vice Chair Stuart read the guidelines into the record.

Approval of Minutes

Motion by Mrs. Harris, second by Vice Chair Stuart, to approve the following minutes:  Motion unanimously carried.

August 16, 2016 – AM Workshop
August 16, 2016 – PM Workshop
September 6, 2016 – School Board Meeting

Speakers to Agenda Items

Vice Chair Stuart read the speakers guidelines prepared by Jim Porter, School Board Attorney.


Item No.

Joseph W. J. Robinson

C6.02, C7.02, C7.03, Audience Comment

Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins

C7.02, C7.03

Randy Talaski

Audience Comments

Susan Kirby

Audience Comments

Comments made by Chair Griffin, Mrs. Snively, and Mrs. Edgecomb.

6.00 Business Division (Gretchen Saunders)


Request for Authorization to Proceed - none


Approve the First Modification to the Interlocal Agreement Between Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Head Start/Early Head Start Program and The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida (Academic Support and Federal Programs Division)

Tracye Brown, Assistant Superintendent, Academic Support and Federal Programs, highlighted the item.

Comments made by Chair Griffin and Mrs. Edgecomb.

7.00 Operations Division (Chris Farkas)

Items 7.02 and 7.03 were highlighted together.


Request for Authorization to Proceed - none


Approve the 2016/17 Five Year Facilities Work Plan


Approve the 2016/2017 Public Education Capital Outlay and Millage Projects

Comments made by Chair Griffin, Vice Chair Stuart, Mrs. Valdes, Mrs. Kurdell, Mrs. Edgecomb, Mrs. Snively, and Mrs. Harris.

Board Discussion:

  • Identify why there are major air conditioning issues
  • Historical issue, numerous a/c systems are over 20 years old
  • Millage reduction affected budget for maintenance and replacement of a/c systems
  • Funding is the main issue
  • A/C system cost approximately 5 million to replace
  • Tallahassee needs to increase per pupil allotment
  • Renovations are maintenance based
  • Track equity of projects when moving forward
  • School maintenance cycle
  • Maintenance Requests questioned for accuracy and fees associated by vendors
  • New Revenue – advertisements on buses or school sites will not be sufficient
  • District growing
  • There is not equity across district
  • Chillers have not been maintained properly due to work load increase and maintenance staff has not increased
  • Inadequate maintenance budget
  • Suggested a Referendum
  • Parents urged to go to Tallahassee with issue
  • Work with Legislation Delegation to address PECO and Capital Outlay Funding
  • Remove Van Buren K-8 project from 5 year plan
  • Review boundaries
  • 5 Year Plan due October 1 by statute
  • 16/17 projects are first concern
  • Not adequate funding to support 5 year plan
  • Approximately 20/25 sites need replacement a/c systems
  • What is the impact if 5 year plan is not approved?  Jim Porter stated "you are required to approve the 5 year plan by October 1.  If not approved, you could not address any items within the plan.  The plan can be amended.”
  • Consider Qualified School Construction bonds (QSCB) and Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZAB)
  • Cost analysis to determine savings on weekend thermostats settings
  • Qualified HVAC employees is limited
  • Review utilization of administration buildings

Motion by Mrs. Valdes, second by Mrs. Harris to approve the Superintendent’s recommendation. Motion unanimously carried.


Adjournment – with no further business the meeting was adjourned at 3:06 p.m.  (Audio recording on file.)





April Griffin, Chair







Jeff Eakins, Superintendent

And Ex-Officio Secretary



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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