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901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in Workshop Session Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at 9 a.m., in the School Board Auditorium, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with Superintendent Jeff Eakins, and Board Members Lynn L. Gray, Sally Harris, Melissa Snively (arrived 9:12) and, Cindy Stuart present.  Chair Sally Harris presided.

Board Members absent from today’s workshop were:  April Griffin, Susan Valdes and, Tamara Shamburger. 

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 – Gretchen Saunders

      Diversity – Minerva Spanner-Morrow

      Educational Leadership and Professional Development – Tricia McManus

      Government Relations – Connie Milito

      Human Resources – Marie Whelan

      Operations – Chris Farkas

      Educational Access, Opportunity, and Alternatives – Wynne Tye

      Teaching and Learning – Debbie Cook

      Workforce Connections – Scott Brooks

Communications and Media Officer – Grayson Kamm

Administrative Secretary (Recording) – Kandee King

News Media Representatives:

      Tampa Bay Times – Marlene Sokol

Approximately 20 people were in the audience, including other school district personnel.

Mr. Porter informed the board without a quorum you can only hear presentations.

A quorum was met and Chair Harris officially called the meeting to order at 9:12 a.m.

(1)   Impact and Implementation of House Bill 7055 from the 2018 Legislation Session

This workshop provided an overview of the impacts and implementation of the major provisions contained in House Bill 7055.

Connie Milito, Chief Government Relations Officer, lead the discussion asking the Board to allow her team to complete the presentation before asking questions.

  • How will HB 7055 impact our budget?
  • The budget was contingent upon the passing of this HB 7055
  • Just as with HB 7069, there are key factors embedded in the HB 7055
  • Emphasized that HB7055 is tied to our FEFP

Jason Pepe, Manager of Legislative Services, presented a PowerPoint outlining key factors that will affect our district.

Kristin Davis, Department Manager, Policy and Research

Title I Funds

  • Equity in School Level Funding
  • High School above 50 percent will receive funds (clarification from attorney, we may include high school down to the 50 percent category, however we are not required to.  This will allow us to maintain our current threshold.
  • This will bring more schools into Title I status
  • Per pupil allocation will possibly need to change
  • One percent off the top holding
  • Good for some counties, not for Hillsborough

Charter Schools

  • Five-year contract, excluding two years planning
  • Charter school openings are determined by applicant and may defer for up to three years
  • Any difference in Capital outlay will by picked up by the District
  • High Performing Schools
  • Background Screening
  • Surplus tangible property must be offered to charter schools
  • Negotiate initial contract after deferrals
  • Charter schools may open anytime during the school year; their calendar does not need to match ours.
  • Charter office is holding schools accountable

Florida Virtual Schools, Christina Russell, Director, Virtual Instruction Programs

Industry Certification – Florida Virtual Schools allows students to receive a testing voucher without the district assuming any cost.

General Discussion:

  • Charter School sponsor is our School Board.  This is in statute
  • Material violation and when does an Administrative Law Judge step in
  • Question of what the legal term of clear and convincing material violation
    • Whoever loses the case pays for the Law Judge
  • The Administrative Law Judge process takes power away from the School Board
  • Appeal process gives power to the charter schools
  • Request updated application for any application that is three year’s old
  • No cost Charter School Outlay is for this year only.  We don’t know what the future will hold.
  • Concerns about charter schools not following our calendar
  • How will the academic needs of the student be met if the school opens later in the year?
  • There are approximately 11 high performing charter school
  • Background checks for charter schools are paid by the school, employee or the board member.
  • Charter schools are a part of our choice system. 
  • Our local delegation supports us, each and every one of us needs to ask the tough questions.
  • Our delegation did not support HB 7055.  As a local delegation they supported us.
  • All that was funded was growth.  

With no further discussion the workshop adjourned at 11:01a.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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