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MINUTES
SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Friday, August 24, 2018

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in a special called session Friday, August 24, 2018, at 10 a.m., in the School Board Auditorium, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with Superintendent Jeff Eakins, and Board Members Lynn Gray, April Griffin (arrived 10:13 a.m.), Sally Harris, Tamara Shamburger, Melissa Snively, Cindy Stuart, and Susan Valdes present.  Chair Sally Harris presided.

Others present:

Board Attorney:  James Porter

District Attorney:  Jeff Gibson

Deputy Superintendent, Instructional: Van Ayres

Deputy Superintendent, Operations: Christopher Farkas

Chief of Schools, Administration: Harrison Peters

Assistant Superintendents/Division Chiefs:

      Academic Support and Federal Programs:  Tracye Brown

      Business Services:  Gretchen Saunders

      Communication & Media Officer:  Grayson Kamm

      Diversity:  Minerva Spanner-Morrow

      Governmental Relations: Connie Milito – absent (Jason Pepe)

      Human Resources:  Marie Whelan

      Leadership, Professional Development & Turnaround Schools: Tricia McManus

      Teaching and Learning:  Deborah Cook

Department Manager, Media:  Tanya Arja

Superintendent’s Secretary (Recording): Lori Woods

News Media Representatives:

      Tampa Bay Times:  Jeff Solochek

      Fox 13

      Channel 8

      Channel 10

Approximately 60 people were in the audience, including other school district personnel.

Call to Order:  Meeting called to order at 10:03 a.m.

Moment of Silence and Pledge of Allegiance:  Moment of silence followed by Vice Chair Shamburger leading in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Adoption of the Agenda:

Motion by Mrs. Gray, second by Vice Chair Shamburger, to adopt the agenda.  Motion unanimously carried.

Board – Roll Call:  Chair Harris declared a quorum with six Board Members present.  April Griffin arrived at 10:13 a.m.

Board Guidelines:

Vice Chair Shamburger read the guidelines into the record.

Speakers to Agenda Items:

Vice Chair Shamburger read the guidelines for public comments.

Speaker

Item No.

Terry Kemple

C 10.01, C 10.03

Jason Ferger

C 10.01, C 10.02, C 10.03

Joseph Robinson

C 10.01, C 10.02, C 10.03, Audience Comments

Stephanie Baxter Jenkins

C 10.01, C 10.02, C 10.03

Ryan Haczynski

C 10.02, C 10.03

Andy Warrener

C 10.03

Kim Klace

C 10.03

Rachel Nester

C 10.03

Jennifer Willman

Audience Comments


Recognitions and Proclamations (Section A) - None

Administrative Appointments (Section B) - None

Recommendations and Reports of Superintendent Requiring Board Approval

 (Section C)

1.00 Office of Teaching and Learning (Deborah Cook) - None

 

 

2.00 Leadership, Professional Development and School Transformation (Tricia McManus) - None

 

 

3.00 Academic Support and Federal Programs Division (Tracye Brown) - None

 

 

4.00 Human Resources Division (Marie Whelan) - None

 

 

5.00 Chief of Schools (Harrison Peters) - None

 

 

6.00 Business Services (Gretchen Saunders) - None

 

 

7.00 Operations (Chris Farkas) - None

 

 

8.00 Communications (Grayson Kamm) - None

 

 

9.00 Office of Diversity (Minerva Spanner-Morrow) - None

 

 

10.00 Unclassified

10.01

Approve Resolution for Amendment 5

Superintendent Eakins highlighted the item.

Motion by Mrs. Valdes, second by Mrs. Stuart to Approve Resolution for Amendment 5.

Motion carried with Mrs. Snively and Chair Harris opposed.

Discussion:

  • Supportive of initiative, but not resolution
  • Board Term limit support
  • Does not support motion
  • Sitting School Board members may be grandfathered in
  • Low per student funding
  • Supports resolution
  • Should not be included in Constitution

Comments made by Mrs. Valdes, Mrs. Snively, Mrs. Griffin, Mrs. Gray, Mrs. Stuart and

Chair Harris.

10.02

Approve Resolution for Amendment 8

Superintendent Eakins highlighted the item.

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Vice Chair Shamburger, Approve Resolution for Amendment 8.  Motion carried with Mrs. Snively opposed.

Discussion:

  • Problematic to allow outside entity to oversee public schools
  • Bundling Amendments is trickery
  • School Board members elected to make best decisions for community

Comments made by Mrs. Stuart and Vice Chair Shamburger.

10.03

Discussion on Recommendation Regarding Tax Referendum

Superintendent Eakins highlighted the item.

Discussion:

  • Appreciates detailed information provided by Superintendent
  • School Board and Administration inherited financial issues
  • Requests media to report factually
  • Current high Bond Rating
  • 32 schools needed within next 15 years
  • Maintenance needed
  • Financial urgency = $3 million
  • Increased revenue needed
  • 3 years of Impact fees = 1 new school
  • Millage reduced from 2 mil to 1.5 mil years ago and has yet to increase
  • Students are our priority
  • School system in need soon for additional revenue
  • Community support needed
  • Referendum needed
  • School Board are the decision makers
  • Fiscal crisis
  • Timely decisions needed
  • What is added to our fiscal crisis?  Increased funding to Charter Schools
  • Drastic growth increase within Hillsborough County
  • Reduction in personnel over the past three years
  • Vendor contracts reviewed
  • Recommends community to decide on ballot, preferably November 2018
  • Verbiage of referendum needed by August 28, 2018 for November ballot by County Commission
  • What is the financial impact to our district? approximately 4 to 5 hundred thousand
  • Classroom dollars would not be used towards costs/communications to place on November ballot
  • Seek surrounding districts expertise
  • Be proactive to provide a better education for our students
  • What are the obstacles if we move forward to the November ballot?
  • OPPAGA provided documentation needed for audit
  • OPPAGA contract would need to be re-negotiated if referendum moves to November ballot
  • Cost incurred depends on approach with County
  • No effort for partnership from Transportation  
  • Partnership needed between Transportation and Education
  • OPPAGA audit completion by November 1
  • Don’t choose November or March, choose both
  • Continue to fight for the needs of our students
  • District has history of mismanaging funds
  • Quality of schools important to citizens of Hillsborough County
  • Frustration with no collaboration with Transportation Group
  • District has history of mismanaging finances
  • Not fair to ask citizens to have the highest sales tax in State of Florida
  • Board makes good intention decisions and fails at implementation stage
  • District moving in the right direction
  • East Hillsborough County citizens not supportive of tax increase
  • Not supportive of asking for more money for school district

Motion by Mrs. Gray, second by Mrs. Stuart, to Approve both Resolutions 2018-01 directing Superintendent to place a Sales Tax Referendum on the November 6, 2018, ballot and March 5, 2019, ballot if November 6, 2018, Sales Tax Referendum fails with language change to 10 years.  Friendly amendment made by Mrs. Stuart to take motions separately.

Motion by Mrs. Gray, second by Mrs. Stuart, to Approve Resolution 2018-01 directing Superintendent to place a Sales Tax Referendum on the November 6, 2018, ballot with language change to 10 years.  Motion carried with Mrs. Snively and Mrs. Griffin opposed.

Motion by Mrs. Gray, second by Mrs. Stuart, to Approve Resolution 2018-01 directing Superintendent to place a Sales Tax Referendum on the March 5, 2019, ballot if the referendum fails on the November 6, 2018, ballot with language change to 10 years.  Motion carried with Mrs. Snively opposed.

Comments made by Mr. Porter, Chair Harris, Mrs. Gray, Mrs. Valdes, Vice Chair Shamburger, Mrs. Griffin and Mrs. Stuart.

11.00 Information Items - None

 

 

12.00 Board Committee Minutes- None

 

 

Hearings on Policies and/or Business Items - None

Superintendent Comments - None

Suspended Agenda - None

Adjournment with no further business the meeting was adjourned at 12:43 p.m.  (Audio recording on file.)

 


 

 

Sally A. Harris, Chair

 

Attest:

 

 

 

 

Jeff Eakins, Superintendent

And Ex-Officio Secretary

 

 

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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