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MINUTES
SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
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 1 p.m., in the School Board Auditorium, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with Superintendent Jeff Eakins, and Board Members Lynn L. Gray (arrived 1:13), April Griffin, Sally Harris, Tamara P. Shamburger, Melissa Snively, Cindy Stuart, and Susan Valdes present.  Chair Sally Harris presided.

 

Others present:

 

District Attorney – Jeff Gibson

                          

Deputy Superintendent: Van Ayres

 

Assistant Superintendents/Division Chiefs:

      Business – Gretchen Saunders

      Human Resources – Marie Whelan

      Operations – Chris Farkas

      Outreach – Larry Sykes, Ed.D.

      Teaching and Learning – Debbie Cook

 

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

 

Chair Harris called the meeting to order at 1:06 p.m.

 

(1)   Fiscal Year 2018/2019 Budget Workshop

 

The focus of this workshop was an overview of the recent 2018/2019 legislative session. 

 

Superintendent Eakins made brief comments regarding:

·         Assigned fund balance

o    Categorical

o    Textbooks

o    School security

o    Grants

o    Program-specific funds

o    Miscellaneous

·         Unassigned fund balance

·         Increased funding

·         Growth

·         Development

Gretchen Saunders presented a PowerPoint describing various funding sources

·         Security funding

·         Charter School funding

·         Enrollment numbers

·         Bus plan and aging facilities.

·         Budget process

 

General discussion to include:

·         Cuts made in the area of instruction, being careful not to jeopardize the quality

·         The Board would like to have a conversation in the near future regarding a referendum

·         Need to see projected dollars so we can see how you arrived at the total

·         Concerns regarding no figures on some documents

o    Detailed back-up page 

o    Show union negotiations

o    This is trending information

  • Establish a community volunteer program
  • Would like to see us in a place where we are estimating and projecting
  • The Superintendent wants to be sure board feels comfortable with information provided
  • Payroll is reviewed by the Superintendent every two weeks to see where we are and to help have revenue on the table
  • Clarification between recurring and non-recurring money
  • Would like to see document showing what we budget, versus what we spent last year, as well as reductions in savings

With no further discussion the workshop adjourned at 2:44 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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