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901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in Workshop Session Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at 9 a.m., in the School Board Auditorium, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with Superintendent Jeff Eakins, and Board Members Steve P. Cona, Lynn L. Gray, Stacy A. Hahn (arrived 9:11 a.m.), Karen Perez, Tamara P. Shamburger, Melissa Snively, and Cindy Stuart (arrived 9:15 a.m.) present.  Chair Tamara Shamburger presided.

Others present:

Board Attorney: James Porter

Deputy Superintendent, Instructional:  Van Ayres

Deputy Superintendent, Operations: Chris Farkas

Chief of Schools, Administration:  Harrison Peters

Assistant Superintendents/Division Chiefs:

      Academic Support and Federal Programs: Tracye Brown

      Business: Gretchen Saunders

      Diversity: Minerva Spanner-Morrow

      Leadership, Professional Development and School Transformation: Tricia McManus

      Government Relations: Connie Milito

      Human Resources: Marie Whelan

      Teaching and Learning: Debbie Cook

      Workforce Connections: Scott Brooks

Communications and Media Officer: Grayson Kamm

Media Outreach, Department Manager: Tanya Arja

Sr. Administrative Secretary (Recording): Kandee King

News Media Representatives:

      Tampa Bay Times: Marlene Sokol

      Channel 13 (Fox) camera person

Approximately 15 people were in the audience, including other school district personnel.

Chair Shamburger called the meeting to order at 9:03 a.m.

(1)  Workshop on Hillsborough County Public Schools Strategy (Office of Strategy Management)

This workshop was held to review the 2017/2018 Strategic Plan results, present the 2018/2019 Strategic Plan and Key Performance Indicators, and discuss 2018/2019 Strategic Initiatives.  This workshop also provided a brief introduction to Hillsborough County Public Schools Strategy Methodology and an orientation to key Hillsborough County Public Schools Strategic Plan documents.

The Superintendent made brief comments including a background for new board members regarding the strategic plan.

Van Ayres, presented the format for today’s workshop.

Joe Cochran, General Manager, Office of Strategy Management, presented a PowerPoint, highlighting the following:

  • Introduction to Strategy Methodology
    • Engage everyone
    • Five-year plan provides a vision
    • Balanced Scorecard
    • Strategic Plan levels
  • Orientation on Strategy Documents
  • Strategic Plan results from 2017/2018
  • Strategic Plan 2018/2019
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPI) 2018/2019
    • Graduation Rates
    • Ninth grade, grade point average
    • Communication with Stakeholders
    • Positive news coverage
    • Building strong culture and relationships
    • Customer Satisfaction
    • Financial Stewardship
    • Fund Balance
  • Strategic Initiatives 2018/2019

Tracye Brown, Assistant Superintendent, Academic Support and Federal Programs

  • Kindergarten Readiness
    • 2017 - 46 percent of students were Kindergarten ready
    • 2018 – 50 percent of students were Kindergarten ready
    • Goal – by 2023 80 percent of students be Kindergarten ready

Debbie Cook, Chief Academic Officer

  • Third Grade Reading
    • o    Prepare students of all ages to be literate
    • o    Established a District Literacy Advisory Team
    • o    Goal - 80 percent of third grade students to score level three or higher on Florida Standardized Assessment (FSA)

Tricia McManus, Assistant Superintendent, Leadership and Professional Development

  • Achievement Schools
    • Thirty-three schools rated D or F by FLDOE
    • Thirty-eight schools in the lowest 300 for state-mandated Extended Reading Time
    • Three Schools with external operator support
    • Thirteen schools considered persistently low performing
    • All of our low performing schools are capable of improving performance
    • Goal - all schools to be rated C or higher

Leslie Granich, Instructional Leadership Director, Secondary Education

  • Graduation Rates
    • Task force established in 2016
      • Functions as a think tank with over 40 members representing districts and school sites
      • Cross-divisional collaboration with a purpose and drive to identify
        • systemic barriers,
        • cultivate solutions
        • remove exterior obstacles, paving the way for schools to focus
      • 2014/2015 – trend data indicated our district’s graduation rate at 76 percent compared to the state’s 77.9 percent.
      • 2016/2017 – district’s graduation rate increased to 82.9 percent
      • Goal -  90 percent graduates by 2020

General Discussion:

  • Push down deeper into the organization KPI’s
  • Rolling five-year plan vs three-year plan
  • Most organizations work on a three-year plan
  • Graduation rates at a five-year plan
  • Things change to rapidly to look continue with a five year plan we should look more toward a three-year plan
  • Our main focus has been graduation rates. We need to broaden our horizon’s
  • Schools create their own goals
  • Before the implementation of our Strategic Plan our graduation rates "meandered”. After implementation our rates moved in an upward
  • Looking forward to the 2020 district accreditation visit.
  • Prioritize
    • Behavior
    • Students who come to our district not able to speak the language
    • Teaching force, challenge with recruitment
    • Fast track student/teachers
    • Community/parental involvement in schools
    • Utilize workshops as a time to work together
    • Consider CTE in middle schools
    • Teacher recruitment/retention, this problem is not unique to Hillsborough County
    • How can the board members help?

With no further discussion the workshop adjourned at 10:40 a.m. (Audio recording on file.)





Tamara Shamburger, Chair








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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