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901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Thursday, June 7, 2018

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in Workshop Session Thursday, June 7, 2018, at 3 p.m., in the School Board Auditorium, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with Superintendent Jeff Eakins, and Board Members Lynn L. Gray (left 4:45), Tamara P. Shamburger, Melissa Snively, Cindy Stuart, and Susan Valdes (arrived 3:20, left 4:15) present.  Vice Chair Tamara Shamburger presided.

Board Members absent from today’s workshop:  Sally Harris and April Griffin

Board lost a quorum at 4:45 pm 

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

      Diversity – Minerva Spanner-Morrow

      Educational Leadership and Professional Development – Tricia McManus

      Human Resources – Marie Whelan

      Operations – Chris Farkas   

Communications and Media Officer – Grayson Kamm

Administrative Secretary (Recording) – Kandee King

News Media Representatives:

      Tampa Bay Times – Marlene Sokol

Approximately 30 people were in the audience, including other school district personnel.

Cannot officially call the meeting to order until we have a quorum.

Vice Chair Shamburger called the meeting to order at 3:03p.m.

(1)        Review the Proposed 2018/2019 Student Code of Conduct

This workshop was held to review the proposed 2018/2019 Student Code of Conduct.

Superintendent Eakins made brief comments.

Jenny Hunkins, Assistant Director, Educational Access, Opportunity, and Alternatives, provided an introduction to the Student Code of Conduct, and the following staff members highlighted updates/additions being made.

Fredi Beck – Communications

  • Changes to welcome letter
  • Opt out letter now in Spanish

Dr. Houghton – Compliance

  • Updated letterhead to reflect new Board positions and remove Chief of Staff

Troy Suarez - Teaching and Learning

  • Remove redundant comments

Shay McRae – Administration

  • Consequences
    • Slight language changes
  • Definitions
    • Code 81-Off Campus Non-School Related
      • Minor additions and deletions
    • Tobacco Possession and/or Use
      • Clarification to include electronic cigarettes and vapors

Kim Loy – ESE Attendance

  • Changes due to recent statute changes 

General Discussion included:

  • Ensure we are consistent with state policies
  • How are we addressing our partnership with the public defender’s office?
    • Pilot program is being developed.
    • Principals will be trained by the District’s Attorney, Jeff Gibson.
    • Approximately 20-30 attorneys will participate in this program.
    • At the completion of training, communication will be sent to families
  • Bullying and alcohol have a zero tolerance, new legislation should help with this process.
  • Clear definition of "immediate family” as it relates to absences
  • Update Student Code of Conduct and Policies at the same time to eliminate double work.
  • Behavior matrix for transportation should be the same as for the classroom
  • Student and teacher dress is disruptive and needs to be addressed

Jenny Hunkins, Shaylia McRae, and Patti Simmons presented a PowerPoint outlining Discipline and Behavior Support Data.

  • Out-of-School Suspension across comparable contiguous districts
  • Early indicator analysis of high school and post-secondary outcomes provided by Johns Hopkins University, Everyone Graduates Center.
  • Multi-year trends in Hillsborough County Public Schools discipline data
    • Suspension days
    • Days of out-of-school suspension, disaggregated by ethnicity
    • Out-of-school suspension, six or more days
  • TELL Survey
    • Managing student conduct
    • Trends in rates of agreement for managing student conduct
  • Defining incident levels to promote consistency and equity in response to student behavior
    • Stages of corrective responses to enhance equity in discipline practices
    • Defining incident levels
    • Support and interventions
  • Critical elements for effective schoolwide management plans
  • Prioritizing intervention supports for behavior and attendance
  • Restorative practices
    • Positive relationships are important for building a community
    • Restorative practices
    • Benefits of restorative practices
  • Managing student conduct
    • Trends in rates of agreement
    • Student conduct scatter plot
      • 2018 – Elementary
      • 2018 – Middle school
      • 2018 – High school
    • Trends among principal
    • Comparison of teacher and principal rates of agreement

General Discussion:

  • Number of out-of-school suspensions is alarming
  • Ensure we are consistent with behavior scenarios
  • Support and interventions slide should be in front of every student, so they have a clear understanding of behavior and consequences.
  • Bus behavior should be tracked the same as classroom behavior.  We want the bus drivers to know they are supported when it comes to behavior.
  • What is the priority of restorative practices?
    • Cascade across the district with almost every school having someone trained

With no further discussion the workshop adjourned at 5:03 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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