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MINUTES
SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in Workshop Session Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at 10 a.m., ROSSAC in conference room 212D, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with Superintendent Jeff Eakins, and Board Members Steve Cona, Lynn L. Gray, Stacy Hahn, Karen Perez (arrived 10:06 a.m.), Tamara P. Shamburger (arrived 10:06 a.m.), Melissa Snively, and Cindy Stuart present.  Chair Tamara Shamburger presided.

Others present:

Board Attorney – James Porter

Assistant Superintendents/Division Chiefs:

Harrison Peters – Chief of Schools

Academic Support and Federal Programs –Tracye Brown

Human Resources – Marie Whelan

Media Outreach, Department Manager – Tanya Arja

Administrative Secretary (Recording) – Kandee King

Tampa Bay Times – Marlene Sokol

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

Vice-Chair Snively called the meeting to order at 10 a.m.

Board Committee Minutes

The following committee minutes were distributed to Board Members:

            Transportation Committee – November 2, 2018

Suspended Agenda

Superintendent Eakins updated the Board on the following items:

  • #1 Gibson Consulting Report
  • #7 Achievement Schools

Workshop Topic

(01)  Mental Health Plan (Academic Support and Federal Programs)

Superintendent made brief remarks and introduced Holly Saia, Director of Student Services.  Holly welcomed everyone and introduced her team.

  • Elizabeth Tanner, Supervisor of Emotional Wellness
  • Michael Kelleher, Supervisor Clinical Care
  • Philip Francis, Supervisor Elementary Guidance
  • Shanshera Quinn, Supervisor, Middle Guidance
  • Angelique Xenick, Supervisor, High Guidance
  • Ansberto Vallejo, Supervisor Career and Post-Secondary
  • Ann Townsend, Supervisor, Psychological Services
  • Myrna Hogue, Supervisor, Social Work Services
  • Dr. Maria Russ, Supervisor, Health Services

The Student Services team presented a PowerPoint highlighting Hillsborough County Public Schools Mental Health Plan-SB 7026

  • Mental Health Team
    • Clinical Care and Emotional Wellness Supervisors
    • District Mental Health Clinicians
    • District Behavior Threat Assessment Teams (D-BTAT)
    • School Behavior Threat Assessment Teams (S-BTAT)
  • Student Services Staff
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • District process for interventions
  • Mental Health Plan flowchart
  • Prevention/Awareness/Inclusivity
  • Community Partnerships
  • Social emotional learning and mental health
  • Data collection for problem solving

Mental Health Matters Communication Plan v1

  • Audience
    • Parents and students
  • Objectives
    • Understand:
    • What we are doing
    • What we do and what our partners do
    • What you should know to take action
  • Key Messages
    • We are a state and national leader in:
      • Awareness
      • Prevention
      • Intervention
    • What we do and what our partners do
      • District=wrap-around first-responders (counseling)
      • Partners=focused, long-term specialists (therapy)
      • Everyone works together to problem-solve
    • What you should know to take action
      • Learn the warning signs
      • Get help and follow through
  • Tactics
    • Launch key messages in May for Mental Health Month
    • Develop logo and consistent branding for Mental Health Matters
    • Develop specific Mental Health Matters webpage
    • Social media push every day in May
    • Media pitches for relevant news stories
    • Parent Link messaging around mental health issues
    • taff presentations to targeted civic groups
    • Talking points for district leaders
    • Documents for schools back-to-school packets

Director of Safe Schools from the State of Florida called Chief Newman to congratulate Hillsborough County for being the only district in Florida that is 100% compliant.

General Discussion

  • Youth mental health first aid
  • Important to have buy-in from teachers
  • Parental engagement, do parents have the option to opt in or out?
  • Training started with the Student Services team
  • Need a strong message to ensure teachers attend trainings
  • Teachers need to have the ability to recognize the difference in mental health and discipline
  • Ensure plan is implemented with fidelity
  • Prevention and awareness training will take place during first week of preplanning
  • Parents need to understand ACT Now
    • What is it?
    • What is the next level?
  • Agency access protocol for schools
  • Behavior issues are sometimes mental health issues

With no further discussion the workshop adjourned at 11:54 a.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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