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901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Tuesday, May 8, 2018


The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in Workshop Session Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at 10:30 a.m., in the School Board Auditorium, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with Superintendent Jeff Eakins, and Board Members Lynn L. Gray, April Griffin (arrived 10:55), Sally Harris, Tamara P. Shamburger, Melissa Snively (arrived 11:07), Cindy Stuart (arrived 10:36), and Susan Valdes present.  Chair Sally Harris presided.

Others present:


District Attorney – Jeff Gibson


Deputy Superintendent: Van Ayres


Assistant Superintendents/Division Chiefs:

      Academic Support and Federal Programs –Tracye Brown

      Business – Gretchen Saunders

      Educational Leadership and Professional Development – Tricia McManus

      Human Resources – Marie Whelan

      Outreach – Larry Sykes, Ed.D.

      Teaching and Learning – Debbie Cook

      Workforce Connections – Scott Brooks


Communications and Media Officer – Grayson Kamm

Media Outreach, Department Manager – Tanya Arja

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 10:30 a.m.


Chair Harris indicated there was not a quorum however, the board will hear presentation until a quorum is declared.  She also asked the Board to hear the presentation in its entirety, before asking questions.


(1)   Achievement Schools Workshop


Superintendent Eakins began the presentation with the following highlights:


·         Conversations around how we meet the needs of our highest needs schools

·         This is personal – prior to my current position, I saw first-hand the challenges our high needs schools faced from both a teacher and principal aspect

·         Recognize barriers

·         Accountability system


Tricia McManus, Assistant Superintendent Educational Leadership and Professional Development, began with an overview of the notebook provided to each Board Member containing draft information compiled over the last five weeks.  This is not the "Plan”, this is a live document with changes being made on a regular basis.  During the process of compiling information, the team listened to all voices including teachers, parents, faith based organizations, and community. 


Tricia McManus, presented a PowerPoint with team members highlighting various areas:


Yinka Alege

Districts with similar models:

·         Miami-Dade Public Schools

·         Duval County Public Schools

·         Pinellas County Public Schools

·         Dallas Independent School District


Thirty percent more students attending Achievement Zone schools (AZ) read at or above grade level.

We have great leaders in our struggling schools, make sure we provide adequate support.


Jackie Haynes

Achievement Schools Research

·         Four Domains

·         Turnaround Leadership

·         Talent Development

·         Instructional Transformation

·         Cultural Shift


Tracye Brown


·         Set our schools and students up for success

·         Focus

·         Listen to stakeholders

·         Raise expectations

Most important goals:

·         Dramatically increase the number of students performing at or above grade level in reading and mathematics within three years of implementation.

·         Every school will achieve sustained success and be considered a "model school” in Hillsborough County Public Schools.

·         Decrease the number of Achievement Schools from fifty-one to zero by 2025.

·         Ensure schools have what they need for students to be successful.


Shaylia McRae

Criteria for Achievement Schools

·         Schools who meet the criteria will receive strategic supports put in place for membership in Achievement Schools.  Schools will be placed in one of three tier levels based on data.


Michelle Fitzgerald

Support for Achievement Schools

·         Work to maximum time for learning.  

·         Leadership

o    Place principals with proven track record in high needs schools

o    Experienced leadership teams

o    Intensive professional development and support

·         Talent

o    Provide strong and experienced teachers

o    Provide specialized training and support for teachers

o    Incentives

·         Instructional Transformation

o    Provide differentiated curricular resources

o    Additional learning time

o    Additional instructional support

·         Culture and Community Engagement

o    Social and emotional support

o    Intensive community involvement

o    Dedicated support staff


Kim Huff

Leadership Pathways

·         Seven million-dollar federal grant to recruit, hire, and retain leadership in high needs schools.

o    Experienced principals

o    Select team to bring along

o    Professional Learning Network

o    Job-Embedded Coaching

o    Performance pay based on gains

o    Partnerships with local colleges and universities

o    Community Partner incentives

o    Flexibility with purchasing and spending accounts


Jamie Gerding

Turnaround Blueprint

·         Blueprint was developed on research-based best practices and organized in to four domains

Design and Structure:

·         Results-Oriented Leadership

·         Systems for Professional Learning

·         Core Instructional Programs

·         School Environment

Key terms

·         Establish – to build or bring something into being on a stable or permanent basis

·         Enroll – to invest someone in a process, idea, plan, etc.

·         School leaders – the instructional leaders within a school, including, but not limited to, principals, assistant principals, instructional coaches, and teacher leader.

·         SMART – an acronym used to describe goals that are specific, measurable, accelerated, and yet attainable, relevant to all stakeholders, and time bound.

Stages of Implementation

·         No evidence

·         Readiness

·         Emerging

·         Implementing

·         Transforming

·         Sustaining


Larry Sykes

Family, Community, and Business Partnerships


With a long tradition of working closely with our business and community partners to help our student in a variety of ways. We will be more intentional about focusing our efforts to create community schools, where the school is the "HUB” of the neighborhood.  Families will be an integral part of the success of schools and students.

Odalys Prichard

Stakeholder Input Groups

·         Achievement Schools Advisory Team

·         Achievement Schools Core Team

·         Teacher Advisory Team

o    Approximate 30 teachers will meet monthly  

·         Student Advisory Team

o    Currently being formed. 

o    Each Achievement School will have one representative

o    Team will meet monthly

·         Parent and Community Advisory Team

o    Team will conduct parent and community chats.


Tricia McManus  

·         Timeline

·         Communication Plan

·         Funding continues to evolve


Tricia introduced Dr. Julio Nazario-Valle, Southwest Regional Executive Director, Bureau of School Improvement with the Florida Department of Education.  Dr. Nazario-Valle has worked with our district thru this process and is here today to support us.  Dr. Nazario-Valle made brief comments.


·         Appreciates the superintendent thinking outside the box

·         Many districts have implemented this same type of initiative, there will always be stumbling blocks

·         Working alongside our leaders, he can see they have the students at heart

·         Believes our area superintendents know how to get the job done


General Discussion to include:

  • We continue to have a discrimination war in our community
  • Elevate was the beginning, identifying barriers and challenges
  • Other Districts have heavy money, big business, community support, and strong parental support
  • We have moved slowly over the last six years to put highly effective principals in high needs schools
  • It is critical that we have well-trained teachers and they must be onboard with this plan
  • How will the partnerships work and how we are going to measure this?
  • Our School Board needs to be involved in the Community Phase
  • Be real with parental involvement
  • Listen to the students this effects
  • Would like to see what the financial impact looks like
  • There needs to be a needs assessment conducted
  • There has been no mention of possibility of an outside operator coming in
  • This is the beginning stages, incredible work is being done and will continue.  Let’s play back this workshop in one to two years and see where we are with these questions.    
  • Not seeing the accountability anywhere except at the school site
  • There needs to be accountability from our area superintendents and how they evaluate principals
  • Parenting culture needs to change
  • Urban Districts across the country who are in our situation are asking the same questions that were asked here today
  • We know we’ve done great work and also know we have a lot more to do


Other Topics:

Board Members with additional questions were asked to email them to staff.


With no further discussion the workshop adjourned at 12:31 p.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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