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901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Tuesday, June 26, 2018


The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in Workshop Session Tuesday, June 26, 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, Sally Harris (arrived 1:16), Tamara P. Shamburger, Melissa Snively, and Susan Valdes (arrived 1:16) present.  Vice Chair Tamara Shamburger presided.

Board Members absent from today’s workshop:  April Griffin, and Cindy Stuart

Mr. Porter indicated with only three Board members present there is not a quorum and the workshop cannot be called to order, however; the Board can receive information.  Workshop began at 1:07 p.m. with Tamara Shamburger, Vice Chair presiding.

Chair Sally Harris and Susan Valdes arrived at 1:16 p.m. at which time the meeting was officially called to order and Chair Sally Harris presided for the remainder of the workshop. 

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

      Human Resources – Marie Whelan

      Educational Leadership and Professional Development – Tricia McManus

Media Outreach, Department Manager – Tanya Arja

Administrative Secretary (Recording) – Kandee King

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

(1)    Review the District’s Drug and Alcohol Prevention Programs for Students and Staff

This workshop was held to review the District’s Drug and Alcohol Prevention Programs for students and staff.

Superintendent Eakins welcomed everyone and turned over the workshop to Holly Saia, Director of Student Services.

Holly Saia introduced Andrew McFarlane, Director, DACCO (Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office); Mathew Kirouac, Director K-12 Programs, EVERFI; Charles Mendez, Mendez Foundation; Beth Butler, Chapter Coordinator, NOPE (Narcotics, Overdose, Prevention & Education); and Cathy Valdes, Volunteer/Education Liaison, NOPE.

Holly Saia, presented a PowerPoint presentation beginning with the definition of FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) and HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). 

The following Student Services staff is available at each site to address student needs:

  • School Counseling Services
  • School Social Work Services
  • School Psychological Services
  • School Health Services

Charles Mendez

Mendez Foundation presents their program Too Good for Drugs and Violence an evidence-based program that will be available at all prevent schools, provided by a grant that promotes life skills, character, and resistance to peer pressure skills.

Beth Butler and Cathy Valdes
 The NOPE presentation outlines goals:

  • Reduce early onset of substance use
  • Increase the number of students that seek help for themselves and/or family and friends
  • Reduce the number of drug overdose deaths
  • Schedule every middle and high school each year
  • Increase number of parent presentations
  • Use evaluation tool more consistently

Andrew McFarlane
DACCO offers the New Directions Substance Abuse Prevention Program which targets youth between 11 and 17 years of age who exhibit high-risk behaviors that increase the potential for academic failure, suspension, or expulsion from traditional school setting.  DACCO provides:

  • Group and individual counseling services are available
  • Services are provided at 32 school sites
  • Program is provided to HOPE (Health Opportunities through Physical Education) teachers to implement during HOPE classes

Mathew Kirouac
EVERFI is the leading education technology company that provides scalable digital real world education for millions of student of all ages.

EVERFI developed the successful digital Alcohol.Edu program that was recommended by the National Institute of Health in 2015 and received the highest possible effectiveness rating from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.  The program focuses on the opioid epidemic and educates teens on six modules including:

  • Introduction to prescription drugs and opioids
  • Science of addiction
  • Proper prescription use including risks
  • Use or misuse
  • Learning refusal skills
  • Helping a friend

Dr. Tracy Schatzberg, General Manager, Employee Benefits
Hillsborough County Public Schools provides many resources and programs within the medical and Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

  • Aetna Resources for living (RFL)
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • Counseling and online resources
    • Available for managers, staff, and family members
  • Humana Medical
    • Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse
      • Provider access through behavioral health network
      • Coordination of treatment and services
      • Advocate that monitors participants
      • Prescription drug management

General Discussion:

  • Keeping a "pulse” on our children
  • Majority of deaths are from prescribed Opioids
  • Having NOPE in every middle and high school is the District’s goal  
  • Start awareness programs as early as kindergarten
  • Medical and recreational marijuana is a concern
  • Everyone needs to be aware of their actions

With no further discussion the workshop adjourned at 1:51 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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