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MINUTES
SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Monday, October 22, 2018

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in Workshop Session Monday, October 22, 2018, at 10 a.m., in the School Board Auditorium, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with Superintendent Jeff Eakins, and Board Members Lynn L. Gray, Sally Harris, Tamara P. Shamburger, Melissa Snively, and Cindy Stuart (arrived 10:10 a.m.) present.  Chair Sally Harris presided.

Board Members absent from today’s workshop were:  April Griffin and Susan Valdes 

Others present:

Board Attorney: James Porter                         

Deputy Superintendent, Instructional: Van Ayres

Deputy Superintendent, Operations: Chris Farkas

Assistant Superintendents/Division Chiefs:

       Academic Support and Federal Programs: Tracye Brown

      Teaching and Learning: Debbie Cook

Sr. 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.

01          Presentations by "D” and "F” Charter Schools

This workshop was held as a requirement of Florida Law.

Chair Harris called the meeting to order at 10 a.m. and welcomed everyone.

Superintendent Eakins made brief comments and introduced Jenna Hodgens, General Director, Charter Schools.

Jenna Hodgens, General Director, Charter Schools

Florida Law requires "D” and "F” schools to present their strategies for improvement to the School Board

  • FS 1002.33(9)(n)1 requires the director and a representative from the governing board to appear before the sponsor to present information concerning each contract component having noted deficiencies and a School Improvement Plan (SIP) to raise student achievement

Supports from the district included

  • Meetings with each principal to discuss statutory requirements of the SIP and presentation
  • Reviewed presentations and conducted individual school visits to provide:
  • o    Feedback
  • o    Technical assistance
  • Quarterly site visits with template aligned to SIP
  • Mid-year reports will be submitted by each school and reviewed by the Charter Office
  • Any additional assistance as required


Kid’s Community College Charter High School
La’Kesha Cook, Principal - Presented
Todd Hammond, Board Chair.

  • Opened August 2017 servicing grades 9 & 10, adding one grade level per year eventually serving grades 9-12
  • Received a "D” for the 2017-2018 school year

SIP Goals

Goal 1:
Increase Math proficiency from 19 percent to 48 percent

  • Interventions
    • ALEKS
    • USA Test Prep
    • Khan Academy
  • Curricular supports and Intensive Math
  • Additional instruction time for Math
  • ESE services through learning strategy classes
  • Math specific professional development and mentoring
  • Standardized benchmark exam three times per year

Goal 2:
Increase Science proficiency from 27 percent to 60 percent

  • Hire and retain qualified Science teachers
  • USA Test Prep as an intervention

Goal 3:
Increase ELA proficiency from 36 percent to 55 percent

  • Level one and two students to attend ELP
  • Benchmark Writes three times per year
  • Direct ESE Services through ESE Learning Strategies
  • Benchmark testing three times per year


The Collaboratory Preparatory Academy
Heather Jenkins, Principal, Presented
Representative Trey Traviesa, Board Representative,

  • Opened August 2017
  • Currently serving Kindergarten–third grade
  • Add one grade level per year eventually serving grades kindergarten-eighth grade
  • Received a "F” for the 2017-2018 school year
  • 100 percent free and reduced lunch
  • Eighty-nine students with six teachers

SIP Goals

Goal 1:
Raise Math proficiency from 27 percent to 54 percent

  • Hire Math Interventionist and Instructional Coach
  • Assess, track, and communicate scores with parents on a regular basis
  • Weekly team meeting to discuss student data
  • Before and after school academic assistance
  • Common math block for all grades

Goal 2:
Raise Reading proficiency from 20 percent to 54 percent

  • Hire Reading Interventionist, Instructional Coach, and third grade Reading Teacher
  • Assess, track, and communicate scores with parents on a regular basis
  • Weekly team meeting to discuss student data
  • Before and after school academic assistance
  • Common reading block for all grades

Goal 3:
Reduce the number of recorded discipline issues in behavior tracker

  • PBIS Training for staff
  • Implement PATHS (Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies) and CBS (Community Building Sessions)
  • Become a PATHS Model School
  • Implement PBIS Action Plan
  • Teaching, coaching, and monitoring of staff to ensure appropriate use of behavior tracker


Village of Excellence Academy
Principal, Romaine Edwards, Presented   
Executive Director, Dr. Cametra Edwards
Board Chair, Robert Irvin

  • Opened in August 2000
  • Currently serving Kindergarten - Fifth grade
  • 100 percent free and reduced lunch
  • Received an "F” for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Theme for 2018-2019 – "Be an Incredible Reader!”

 SIP Goals

Goal 1:
Student achievement will increase to 33 percent proficiency on the Florida Standard Assessment (FSA) when we focus on providing rigorous English Language Acquisition (ELA) curriculum and instruction and when we provide small group instruction aligned to the Florida Standards.

  • FSA ELA Proficiency Targets
    • Grade 3 increase from 9 percent to 30 percent
    • Grade 4 increase from 9 percent to 30 percent
    • Grade 5 increase from 17 percent to 40 percent

Goal 2:
Student achievement will increase to 45 percent proficiency on the FSA Math assessment when we provide supports for mathematics teachers in planning and implementing of standards-based lessons focused on the depth of knowledge.

  • Grade Level FSA Math Proficiency Targets
    • Grade 3 increase from 29 percent to 42 percent
    • Grade 4 increase from 29 percent to 48 percent
    • Grade 5 increase from 29 percent to 47 percent

Goal 3:
Student achievement will increase when parents are engaged in the learning process with their children

Progress Monitoring

  • Weekly monitor teacher lesson plans toward the rubric
  • Weekly monitor teacher growth on our organizational priorities rubric
  • Weekly monitor student test data toward mastery of the Florida Standards

General Discussion:

Kids Community College

  • Four expulsions in 2017/2018 and zero to date in 2018/2019
  • Social emotional support is provided by a guidance counselor
  • The majority of our students came to us performing below grade level
  • Currently providing additional professional development
  • SIP will assist in continued support of our students
  • Site currently has 11 permanent and 3 substitute teachers

 Collaboratory Prep

  • Principal has a strong background in intercity schools
  • Received a Charter Schools Program (CSP) grant allowing the school to purchase the latest technology for students
  • English Language Learners (ELL) currently encompasses 25 percent of our student body
  • The majority of our students arrive performing below grade level
  • Parent Involvement is about building trust and relationships.  If they trust you, students will be back and siblings will follow
  • To provide additional support to our families we provide all school supplies, before and after school care at no cost to families
  • Charter Schools are expected to out-perform other schools located in their area

Village of Excellence Academy

  • Concerns regarding
    • Small number of permanent teachers
    • Number of students who did not return for the 2018/2019 school year
    • Classroom teaching styles
  • Discipline is under control
  • Purpose is to serve students in our community for the time they are at our school
  • Tardies and absences are being monitored with checkpoints and strategies in-place
  • Parental involvement struggles
    • Struggles with families admitting they are homeless
    • Transportation issues

With no further discussion the workshop adjourned at 11:48 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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