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MINUTES
SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Thursday, February 1, 2018

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in Workshop Session Thursday, February 1, 2018, at 1 p.m., in the School Board Auditorium, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with Superintendent Jeff Eakins, and Board Members Lynn L. Gray, Sally Harris, Tamara P. Shamburger, Melissa Snively, Cindy Stuart, and Susan Valdes present.  Chair Sally Harris presided.

Board Members absent from today’s workshop were:  April Griffin 

Others present:

Board Attorney – James Porter

District Attorney – Jeff Gibson                      

Deputy Superintendent:  Van Ayres

Chief of Schools, Administration:  Harrison Peters

Assistant Superintendents/Division Chiefs:

      Academic Support and Federal Programs –Tracye Brown

      Educational Leadership and Professional Development – Tricia McManus

      Government Relations – Jason Pepe

      Human Resources – Marie Whelan

      Operations – Chris Farkas

      Outreach – Larry Sykes, Ed.D.

      Educational Access, Opportunity, and Alternatives – Wynne Tye

      Teaching and Learning – Debbie Cook

Communications and Media Officer – Grayson Kamm

Administrative Secretary (Recording) – Kandee King

News Media Representatives:

      Tampa Bay Times – Marlene Sokol

Approximately 50 people were in the audience, including other school district personnel.

Chair Harris called the meeting to order at 1 p.m.

(1)   Turnaround Schools Update

This workshop was held for the Superintendent to provide the Board with an update on the current status of turnaround schools in our district.

Superintendent presented a PowerPoint outlining the district’s turnaround plan prior to and following HB 7069.

  • An agenda item will be brought to the Board in February to have an External Operator put in place for our potential failing schools
  • The RFP, as required by law, is in the final stages of completion
  • Area Superintendents are working with divisions for extra support

Mr. Porter cautioned the Board, a contract has not been awarded, be careful with questions related to the external operator.

General Discussion:

  • We offered support to failing schools and their staff.  It’s about how we respond and adjustments that need to be made.
  • If it appears progress is not being made, additional supports and resource i.e. training, etc. are put in place.  Waiting for grades to be released is too late.
  • Some of these schools have been lower preforming for a while
  • Frustration in the staff, teachers and community members. 
  • Principals need to be high functioning.
  • Would love to have everything fixed today, we are not trying to build a quick fix.  Correcting this will take time and consistency
  • We have strong, passionate leaders, in all our schools
  • Last year we reduced our number of "D” schools to three.  Every school in our district has the potential to earn a grade of "C” or higher.
  • Watch bills in Tallahassee very closely, once we see a bill has "legs” we need to start planning.
  • Mrs. Stuart would like to know when was HB7069 originally proposed and how did it move?
  • Chamberlain is a perfect example.  We listened to incoming principals, listen to proposed timeline.  We got personnel in that school to start to build.
  • Twenty-four schools identified
    • Eleven principal changes were made
    • Tools to be successful were provided
    • Data was reviewed throughout the year
    • Template was started so not to be in this position again
  • When charter schools fall into this situation, they are required to present their School Improvement Plan to our School Board. Maybe we should consider this practice with our own schools.
  • Teachers who were moved are not needs improvement or unsatisfactory.  The state VAM score was the driving factor. 
  • Team members are at schools weekly providing support and feedback for teachers.
  • It is important to ensure we have the right teacher in front of the right students.
  • Greatest assets are time, money, and people.  If we are going to be accountable, we need to be able to do our work. 
  • Teachers and principals currently have an overall better understanding of standards assessment.
  • Concerns regarding the cost of external operator and where this money will come from. 

Other Topics:

There was consensus to add Turnaround Schools to suspended agenda.

With no further discussion the workshop adjourned at 3:11 p.m.  (Audio recording on file.)

 

 

 

Sally A. Harris, Chair

 

 

Attest:

 

 

 

 

 

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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