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MINUTES
SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in regular session Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at 3 p.m., in the School Board Auditorium, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with Superintendent Jeff Eakins, and Board Members Lynn Gray, April Griffin (arrived at 3:07 p.m.) Sally Harris, Tamara Shamburger, Melissa Snively, Cindy Stuart, and Susan Valdes present.  Chair Sally Harris presided.

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

        Business Services:  Gretchen Saunders

        Communication & Media Officer:  Grayson Kamm

        Diversity:  Minerva Spanner-Morrow

        Educational Access, Opportunities & Alternatives:  Wynne Tye

        Educational Leadership and Professional Development: Tricia McManus   

        Governmental Relations: Connie Milito - absent

        Human Resources:  Marie Whelan Interim

        Operations:  Chris Farkas

        Outreach and School Improvement:  Larry Sykes, Ed.D

        Teaching and Learning:  Deborah Cook

Department Manager, Media:  Tanya Arja

Superintendent’s Secretary (Recording):  Lori Woods

News Media Representatives:

        Tampa Bay Times:  Marlene Sokol

        ABC Action News:  Michael Paluska

Approximately 155 people were in the audience, including other school district personnel.

Call to Order:  Meeting called to order at 3:01 p.m.

Moment of Silence and Pledge of Allegiance:  Moment of silence followed by Vice Chair Shamburger leading in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Acknowledged Entertainment
Vice Chair Shamburger publically recognized the Shore Elementary Magnet School Panacea steel drum band for providing entertainment prior to the School Board meeting.  The band was accompanied by Cheri Bollinger – Principal, Kevin McDonald – Assistant Principal, Mark Jenkins – Conductor and Brian Duga – Magnet Lead Teacher.  Each student introduced themselves.

Student Representative:  Chair Harris introduced Jasmine Randhawa, Sickles High School student, Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) member who served as the Student School Board Representative

Withdrawn Items C 4.04, C 4.05, C 4.06

Adoption of the Agenda:

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Mrs. Gray, to adopt the agenda.  Motion unanimously carried.                         

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

Approval of Minutes

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Mrs. Valdes, to approve the following minutes:

January 23, 2018 – School Board Meeting

January 30, 2018 – High School Student Forum

Motion unanimously carried.

Board Guidelines

Vice Chair Harris read the guidelines into the record.

Recommendations and Reports of Superintendent Requiring Board Approval

Motion by Mrs. Gray, second by Mrs. Stuart, to vote on the consent agenda with the following items pulled for discussion.  These items will be voted on all together at the end of discussion.

Consent Agenda:  A 01, A 02, A 03, C 2.01, C 2.02, C 4.01, C 4.02, C 4.03, C 6.01, C 6.02R, C 6.03, C 6.04,

C 6.05, C 6.06, C 6.07, C 6.08, C 6.09, C 6.10R, C 7.01, C 7.02, C 12.01, C 12.02

Information Items:  C 13.01, C 13.02, C 13.03, Suspended Agenda

Motion unanimously carried.

Recognitions and Proclamations (Section A)

01

Adoption of Proclamation-Black History Month, February 2018 (Office of Diversity) moved up on agenda, highlighted with A 03

Minerva Spanner-Morrow, highlighted the item and read the proclamation at the request of Chair Harris and Vice Chair Shamburger.  Mrs. Spanner-Morrow publically recognized Fred Hearns – President, ASALH, Dr. Sam Wright – Vice Chair, African American History Task Force, State of Florida, Yvette Lewis – President, NAACP and Eric Graham – Officer, Supplier Diversity.

Comments made by Vice Chair Shamburger.

Motion by Mrs. Gray, second by Vice Chair Shamburger, to pull item A 01 for a separate vote.  Motion unanimously carried.

Motion by Vice Chair Shamburger, second by Mrs. Griffin, to approve the Adoption of Proclamation-Black History Month, February 2018.  Motion unanimously carried.

Public Comment to A 01

Speaker: 

Josephine Amato
Ray Bonti
Ersula Odom

 

 

03

Adoption of Proclamation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Freedom Fund Dinner (Outreach & School Improvement) moved up on agenda, highlighted with A 01

Larry Sykes – Assistant Superintendent, Outreach and School Improvement publically recognized Mary Mathis – Supervisor, Outreach and School Improvement and Vice Chair Shamburger.  Mrs. Mathis highlighted the item and read the proclamation at the request of Chair Harris and Vice Chair Shamburger. Ms. Mathis publically recognized the following individuals in attendance for their outstanding partnership.

  • Yvette Lewis – President, NAACP & Freedom Fund Event Chair
  • Joseph Robinson – 2nd Vice Chair & Chair, Economic Development

Motion by Vice Chair Shamburger, second by Mrs. Valdes to pull item A 03 for a separate vote.  Motion unanimously carried.

Motion by Vice Chair Shamburger, second by Mrs. Valdes, to approve the Adoption of Proclamation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Freedom Fund Dinner.  Motion unanimously carried.

02

Recognition of the 2018 "Excellence in Education" Winners and Finalists (Outreach and School Improvement) moved up on agenda

AnnMarie Courtney – Supervisor, Community Engagement & Outreach, highlighted the recognition at the request of Chair Harris and Vice Chair Shamburger.  Mrs. Courtney recognized Kim Jowell – President and Mike McCullom – Chief Officer, Hillsborough Education Foundation for their partnership. The following employees were publically recognized for their outstanding support of HCPS.

Winners:

  • Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year – Christine T. Campell
  • Instructional Support Employee of the Year - Miriam Velez-Hernandez
  • Teacher of the Year - Bonnie Bresnyan

Finalists:

  • Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year – Jonathan Collier, Alicia Fojaco, and Meredith Mullen
  • Instructional Support Employee of the Year – Cindy Nunez, Leonard Snead, and

Talina Ugarte

  • Teacher of the Year –Jennifer Jackson, Lisabeth Leist, Nicole Meyerson, and Alexa Trafficante

Motion Mrs. Stuart, second by Vice Chair Shamburger, to pull item A 02 for a separate vote.  Motion unanimously carried.

Motion by Vice Chair Shamburger, second by Mrs. Stuart, to approve the Recognition of the 2018 "Excellence in Education” Winners and Finalists.  Motion unanimously carried.

Public Comment to A 02

Speaker: 

Sonia Ferguson

Speakers to Agenda Items

Vice Chair Shamburger read the guidelines for public comments.

Speaker

Item No.

Josephine Amato

C 4.07, C 6.03, C 6.08, C 12.01, C 12.02

Jason Ferger

C 4.02, C 4.07, C 6.09, C 6.10R

Mark Klutho

C 6.09, C 7.01, C 7.02, Audience Comments

James Goode

Audience Comments

Kenneth Hart

Audience Comments

Patrick Thorpe

Audience Comments

Celia Devito

Audience Comments

Zoey Almquist-Hardin

Audience Comments

Noelle Licor

Audience Comments

Eric Russ

Audience Comments

Angelina Palacios

Audience Comments

Ryan Haczynski

Audience Comments

Jessica White

Audience Comments

 

 

Comments made by Superintendent Eakins, Mrs. Griffin and Mrs. Valdes.

6.02R

Approve Extending License Agreement with myON, LLC, to Provide myON Reader to all Prekindergarten - Grade 8 Students in Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) (Office of Teaching and Learning) moved up on agenda

John Milburn – Supervisor, Library Media Services K-5, and Kaila Gosselin – Teacher, Rampello highlighted the item at the request of Chair Harris, Mrs. Stuart and Mrs. Snively.  Mr. Milburn publically recognized the following partners in attendance.

  • Kelley Parris – CEO, Children’s Board
  • Slake Counts – Contract & Evaluation Manager, Children’s Board
  • Andrew Breidenbaugh – Director, Tampa/Hillsborough Public Library
  • David & Julie Cole – myON
  • Michelle Rogers – myON Project Manager
  • Haygood Poundstone – Vice President, myON

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

Administrative Appointments (Section B) - None

 (Section C)

1.00 Office of Teaching and Learning (Deborah Cook) – None

2.00 Educational Access, Opportunities and Alternatives (Wynne Tye) - None

2.01

Approve the Recommendations for Change of Placement of Regular Students

Comments made by Mrs. Gray.

2.02

Approve the Recommendations for Change of Placement of Exceptional Student Education Students

Comments made by Mrs. Gray.

3.00 Academic Support and Federal Programs Division (Tracye Brown) - None

4.00 Human Resources Division (Marie Whelan - Interim)

4.01

Approve Personnel List #944 - Instructional Support

Comments made by Mrs. Gray.

4.02

Approve Personnel List #1088 – Instructional

Comments made by Mrs. Gray and Mrs. Snively.

4.02a

Approve Administrative Appointments/Transfers effective Monday, February 12, 2018

Superintendent Eakins highlighted the item.

  • Toynita Martinez, currently the Supervisor of Title I in Academic Support & Federal Programs, will serve as the Principal of Dover Elementary School.
  • Laura Zavatkay, currently an Executive Leadership Coach in Educational Leadership and Professional Development, will serve as the Principal of Mango Elementary School.
  • Terry Hawthorne, currently a Human Resources Partner, Human Resources in Human Resources, will serve as the Principal of Palm River Elementary School.
  • Debbie Mills, currently the Elementary Generalist in the Office of Teaching and Learning, will serve as the Principal of Pizzo Elementary School.

Comments made by Mrs. Griffin, Mrs. Snively and Mrs. Stuart.

 

 

Motion by Mrs. Snively, second by Mrs. Stuart, to add Turnaround Schools Status Updates to the Suspended Agenda.  Motion unanimously carried.

 

 

4.03

Approve Teachers Considered Out of Field - Subject Area and English Language Learners

Comments made by Mrs. Gray.

4.04

Approve Disciplinary Action - Instructional Support (If Any) withdrawn

4.05

Approve Disciplinary Action - Instructional (If Any) withdrawn

4.06

Approve Disciplinary Action- Performance/Certification withdrawn

4.07

Approve the Superintendent's Evaluation Instrument


5.00 Leadership and Professional Development (Tricia McManus) - None

 

 


6.00 Business Division (Gretchen Saunders)

6.01

Approve Budget Amendments for the Period Ended December 31, 2017 (Business Services Division) highlighted with 13.01

Gretchen Saunders – Chief Business Officer, Business Services, highlighted the item at the request of Chair Harris, Mrs. Gray and Mrs. Snively.

Comments made by Mrs. Gray.

13.01

Monthly Financial Position Reports as of December 31, 2017 (Business Services Division) moved up on agenda, highlighted with 6.01

Gretchen Saunders – Chief Business Officer, Business Services, highlighted the item at the request of Chair Harris, Vice Chair Shamburger and Mrs. Snively.

Comments made by Mrs. Snively, Mrs. Griffin and Mrs. Valdes.

6.02R

Approve Extending License Agreement with myON, LLC, to Provide myON Reader to all Prekindergarten - Grade 8 Students in Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) (Office of Teaching and Learning) moved up on agenda

6.03

Approve the Agreement for Technical Services with Thinking Maps, Inc. (Educational Leadership and Professional Development)

Scott Richman – Supervisor, Leadership Development, highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Gray and Mrs. Snively.

Comments made by Mrs. Gray, Mrs. Snively and Mrs. Stuart.

6.04

Approve the National Center for Simulation (NCS) Agreement with Certification Partners, LLC, to Provide Certification Testing for Career and Technical Education Students (Workforce Connections)

Chris Jargo, Director – Career & Technical Education, highlighted the item at the request of Chair Harris and Mrs. Gray and Mrs. Snively.

Comments made by Mrs. Gray, Mrs. Snively and Mrs. Griffin.

 

 

School Board Meeting recessed at 5:58 p.m.

 

 

Employee Input

Jean Clements

Josh Newhouse

Laura Meehan

Chris Rusnak

Donna Clark

Maria Calvo

Sharon Albanese

Darren Essig

Faye Cook

Kristin Holloway

Arron Zions

Julie Fameree

Leo Haggerty

Scott Hottenstein

 

 

 

 

 

School Board meeting reconvened at 6:43 p.m.

 

 

6.05

Accept the Piggyback of the Agreement Between Virco, Inc., and Prince William County Public Schools, Virginia, via U.S. Communities - Contract #R-TC-18004, Education, Classroom, Miscellaneous Support Furniture, Products, and Services (Business Services Division)

Gretchen Saunders – Chief Business Officer, Business Services, highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Snively.

Comments made by Mrs. Gray, Mrs. Stuart and Mrs. Snively.

6.06

Accept the Highest Ranking Proposal from Advanced Cable Connection, Inc. - Request for Proposal (RFP) #17015-DST-IV Sound System Install and Repair (Business Services Division)

Gretchen Saunders – Chief Business Officer, Business Services, highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Snively.

Comments made by Mrs. Gray.

6.07

Approve the Disposal of Obsolete Tangible and Intangible Personal Property (Business Services Division

Gretchen Saunders – Chief Business Officer, Business Services, highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Snively.

6.08

Approve the Agreement for Technical Services with Hill and Knowlton Strategies (HK Strategies) (Educational Leadership and Professional Development)

Tricia McManus – Assistant Superintendent, Educational Leadership and Professional Development, highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Snively.

Comments made by Mrs. Snively and Mrs. Valdes.

6.09

Approve the Contract with Akerman LLP for School Board Attorney Services (Business Services Division)

Gretchen Saunders – Chief Business Officer, Business Services, highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Stuart, Mrs. Snively and Mrs. Griffin.

Comments made by Mrs. Gray, Mr. Porter, Mrs. Stuart, Mrs. Griffin, Mrs. Snively and Vice Chair Shamburger

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Mrs. Snively to pull item 6.09 for a separate vote.  Motion unanimously carried.

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Mrs. Valdes, to Approve the Contract with Akerman LLP for School Board Attorney Services.  Motion carried with Mrs. Gray opposed.

6.10R

Approve Agreement for Technical Services with the Tampa Bay Arts and Education Network (TBAE) to Provide Video Broadcast Services (Business Services Division) (Revision - Evaluation information added below)

Grayson Kamm – Communications and Media Officer, highlighted the item at the request of Chair Harris, Mrs. Stuart, Mrs. Snively, Vice Chair Shamburger and Mrs. Griffin.

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

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Mrs. Snively, to add TBAE/Hillsborough Schools TV Updates to the Suspended Agenda.  Motion unanimously carried.

Motion by Mrs. Snively, second by Vice Chair Shamburger, to pull item 6.10R for a separate vote.  Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Mrs. Valdes, second by Mrs. Stuart, to Approve Agreement for Technical Services with the Tampa Bay Arts and Education Network (TBAE) to Provide Video Broadcast Services.   Motion carried with Mrs. Snively opposed.


7.00 Operations Division (Chris Farkas)

7.01

Approve Appointment of a Design Professional and Construction Manager for Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) System Replacement at Gorrie Elementary School

Comments made by Mrs. Gray.

7.02

Approve Construction Documents and Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for the Conversion of Van Buren Middle and Cahoon Elementary into a K-8 School

Chris Farkas – Chief Operating Officer, Operations, highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Stuart.

Comments made by Mrs. Gray, Vice Chair Shamburger.

 

8.00 Administration Division (Harrison Peters)

8.01

Approve Out-of-County/Out-of-State and Overnight In-County Student Field Trip

8.02

Approve the Waiver of Rental Fee


9.00 Communications (Grayson Kamm) - None

 

 

10.00 Office of Diversity (Minerva Spanner-Morrow) - None

 

 

11.00 Outreach and School Improvement (Larry Sykes, Ed.D.) - None

 

 

12.00 Unclassified

12.01

Hillsborough County School Board Organizational Assignments for 2018

Jim Porter – School Board Attorney, highlighted the item at the request of Chair Harris and Mrs. Stuart.  Board members discussed organizational assignments.

School Board meeting turned over to Vice Chair Shamburger at 6:07 p.m.

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Mrs. Valdes, to appoint Chair Harris to continue her Organizational Assignment on the Children’s Board.  Motion withdrew

School Board meeting turned over to Chair Harris at 6:09 p.m.

12.02

Approve School Board Way of Work Document

Jim Porter – School Board Attorney, highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Stuart.

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

Mrs. Valdes and Mrs. Griffin.

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Mrs. Gray, to pull item 12.02 for a separate vote.  Motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Mrs. Valdes, to Approve School Board Way of Work Document.  Motion carried with Mrs. Griffin opposed.

Motion by Vice Chair Shamburger, second by Mrs. Stuart, to vote on the items pulled from the consent agenda.  Motion unanimously carried.

13.00 Information Items

13.01

Monthly Financial Position Reports as of December 31, 2017 (Business Services Division) moved up on agenda, highlighted with 6.01

13.02

Transition to K-8 Grade Configuration at Three Elementary Schools (Chief of Schools)

Superintendent Eakins and Anna Brown – Area III Superintendent, highlighted the item at the request of Chair Harris, Mrs. Gray, Mrs. Stuart, Vice Chair Shamburger and Mrs. Snively.

Comments made by Mrs. Gray, Mrs. Snively and Vice Chair Shamburger.

13.03

Early Learning Updates

Tracye Brown – Assistant Superintendent, Academic Support and Federal Programs, highlighted the item at the request of Chair Harris, Mrs. Gray, Vice Chair Shamburger and Mrs. Snively.

Comments made by Mrs. Gray, Superintendent Eakins, Mrs. Snively, Mrs. Stuart, Vice Chair Shamburger and Mrs. Valdes.

Hearings on Policies and/or Business Items - None

Suspended Agenda

01

Suspended Agenda

Superintendent Jeff Eakins provided updates on the following:

  • Gibson Consulting Group Initiatives, phases and reports (Mrs. Snively’s request)
  • FEMA Update
  • Outreach and School Improvement Division

Comments made by Mrs. Snively, Mrs. Gray and Mrs. Valdes.

Harrison Peters, Chief of Schools provided updates on the following Turnaround Schools:

  • Mort
  • Potter
  • Sheehy
  • Oak Park
  • Foster
  • Washington
  • Memorial

Tricia McManus, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Leadership & Professional Development provided a highlight on "All Hands on Deck” initiative. 

Superintendent Comments

 

Superintendent Eakins provided updates/highlights on the following:

  • Lee Elementary Update

Comments made by Mrs. Gray.

Motion by Mrs. Gray, second by Mrs. Snively to add Lee Elementary Updates on the Suspended Agenda. Motion failed with Mrs. Valdes, Vice Chair Shamburger and Mrs. Stuart opposed. (Mrs. Griffin absent from dais)

Comments made by Mrs. Stuart and Mrs. Snively.

  • Legislative Update
  • PRISM Nominations
  • Strawberry Crest High School Champions
  • Military Surprise

Other Business and Board Comments

Comments by Mrs. Stuart, Mrs. Valdes, Mrs. Gray, Mrs. Snively and Chair Harris.

Adjournment – with no further business the meeting was adjourned at 10:50 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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