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901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in Workshop Session Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at 9 a.m., in ROSSAC, Conference room 212D, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with Superintendent Jeff Eakins, and Board Members Steve Cona, Lynn L. Gray, Stacy Hahn, Karen Perez, Tamara P. Shamburger, Melissa Snively (arrived 9:08 a.m.), and Cindy Stuart (arrived 9:15 a.m.) present.  Chair Tamara Shamburger presided.

Others present:

Board Attorney – James Porter

District Attorney – Jeff Gibson

Deputy Superintendent, Instructional:  Van Ayres

Deputy Superintendent, Operations:  Chris Farkas

Assistant Superintendents/Division Chiefs:

      Academic Support and Federal Programs –Tracye Brown

      Business - Gretchen Saunders

      Educational Leadership, Professional Development and School Transformation – Tricia McManus

      Human Resources – Marie Whelan

      Workforce Connections – Scott Brooks

Media Outreach, Department Manager – Tanya Arja

Sr. Administrative Secretary (Recording) – Kandee King

News Media Representatives:

      Tampa Bay Times – Marlene Sokol

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

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

(1)   Impact and Implementation of Bills from the 2019 Legislative Session (Government Relations)

This workshop was held to update the Board on the impact and implementation of significant legislative provisions from the 2019 legislative session.

Chair Shamburger welcomed everyone and indicated this workshop was scheduled for an hour.  Due to the amount of information being presented, and to allow Board Members to ask questions, the workshop may run longer than the allotted time.

Superintendent Eakins made brief remarks.

Dr. Jason Pepe, Manager, Government Relations, presented a PowerPoint on the Legislative Impact and Implementation stemming from the 2019 Florida Legislative Session.

Session Stats 2019

  • 3,571 bills and PCBs (Proposed Committee Bills) filed
  • 2,997 amendments filed
  • 3,765 votes taken
  • 40 floor sessions
  • 196 bill passing both chambers
  • Not all bills have been signed by the Governor


  • Guardian Program
    • An individual who is certified may serve as a school guardian only if he or she is appointed by the applicable school district superintendent or charter school principal.
    • Hillsborough County Public Schools has NO PLANS to arm teachers.
    • Chief John Newman is Hillsborough County Public Schools School Safety Specialist.
    • Guardian training requires 144-hour training.
      • 12 hours of certified nationally recognized diversity training.
        • 132 hours of comprehensive firearm safety and proficiency training.
  • FortifyFL
    • Mobile suspicious activity reporting tool.
  • Charter Schools
    • If a district school board, through its adopted policies, procedures, or actions, denies a charter school access to any safe-school officer option, the school district must assign a school resource officer or school safety officer to the charter school.
    • Under these circumstances, the charter school’s share of the costs for the school resource officer or school safety officer may not exceed the safe school allocation funds provided to the charter school and shall be retained by the school district.
    • We do not deny charter schools.
  • Department of Education the Office of Safe Schools
    • Commissioner will oversee compliance of safety and security.
    • Facilitate compliance to the maximum extent provided under law.
    • Adopt rules establishing requirements for school environmental safety incident reports.
    • Collect data through SESIR (School Environmental Safety Incident Reports).
    • Ensure districts are in compliance with reporting requirements.
    • District superintendent is responsible for SESIR.
    • A superintendent who fails to comply with reporting requirements may have his or her salary withheld in addition to other appropriate sanctions that the commissioner or state board by law may impose.

Mental Health

  • Threat Assessment Database
    • A standardized, statewide behavioral threat assessment instrument for use by all public schools, including charter schools, that addresses early identification, evaluation, intervention, and student support.
  • Mental Health Assistance Allocation
    • Removes the requirement that 90 percent of the district allocation be used for specific mental health activities.
    • Gives us flexibility.
  • Transfer of Records
    • Transfer of student records within three days.
      • Verified reports of serious or recurring behavior patterns.
      • Threat assessment evaluations and intervention services.
      • Psychological evaluation.
  • Time Frame for Mental Health Services
    • School based services commence within 15 days.
    • Community-based services commence within 30 days.

Charter Schools

  • Charter School Contracts
    • Contract may include a provision requiring the charter school be held responsible for costs incurred by the district associated with complaints to the Office of Civil Rights or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  • Schools of Hope/Persistently Low-Performing Schools
    • Funds will be made available to schools of hope for hiring teachers, administrators, etc. until the school reaches full enrollment; for initial leasing costs.
    • Location or geographic area of a Florida Opportunity Zone when defining where a school of hope is located and students it will serve.

Turnaround School Supplemental Services Allocation

  • Definition
    • Provide funds for services designed to improve the overall academic and community welfare of the schools’ students and their families.
    • Offered to three types of schools:
      • District-managed turnaround schools.
      • Schools that earn three consecutive grades below a "C”.
      • Schools that have improved to a "C” and are no longer in turnaround status
    • Each school shall remain eligible for the allocation for a maximum of two continuous fiscal years after exiting turnaround status.
    • A school that improves to a grade of "C” or higher shall remain eligible to receive allocation for a maximum of two continuous fiscal years after exiting turnaround status.
    • Services may include, but not limited to:
      • Tutorial and after-school programs
      • Student counseling
      • Nutrition education
      • Parental counseling
      • Extended school day and school year
      • Models that develop a culture to encourage students to complete high school and attend college or career training.
    • Non-Profit Organization and Wrap-Around Services.
    • District Plan must be submitted by August 1, 2019, for submission to the state by September 1, 2019.

Persistently Low-Performing Schools

  • Schools who earn three grades of "D” or "F” in at least three of the previous five years
  • Has not earned a grade of "B” or higher in the most recent two school years.

Family Empowerment Scholarship

  • Eligibility
    • Family household income does not exceed 300% of the federal poverty level.
      • $77,250 for a family of four
    • Student on the direct certification list
    • Student in foster care


  • Teacher preparation program
    • Use of state-adopted content standards
    • School safety
    • Character-based classroom management
  • General Knowledge Exam
    • An individual who does not achieve a passing score on any subtest of the General Knowledge exam must prove information regarding the availability of state-level and district-level support and instruction to assist them in achieving a passing score.
      • State-level test information guides
      • School district test preparation resources
      • Preparation courses offered by state universities and Florida Colleges
      • Requirement for temporary certificate will no longer include mastery of General Knowledge exam.
      • State Board of Education extended the validity period of Temporary Certificate for two years.

Best and Brightest

  • Teacher Program
    • Three awards
      • Recruitment - content expert teachers
      • Retention – highly effective and effective teachers preceding year and other criteria
      • Recognition – highly effective and effective teachers and instructional personnel
    • Recruitment award does not include exceptional education

Workforce Connections

  • Alternative pathway to earn standard high school diploma
  • Must offer at least half-credit financial literacy
  • Middle grades career planning course

Bright Futures

  • Students will no longer be required to enroll in Florida College with two years of graduation.
  • Eliminates 45-credit hour annual restriction
  • Increase SAT Score Florida Academic Scholarship 1290-1330 and Florida Medallion Scholarship 1170-1200.


  • Large number of reporting and compliance duties
  • Ensure Professional Certificates are up to date
  • Mental health threat assessments are reported to state
  • Report to Office of Safe Schools our procedures
  • Prepare parents for increase in discipline referrals
  • Ensure fidelity of discipline reporting
  • Concerns regarding timeline for student mental health services
  • What percentage of teacher do we lose due to certification?
  • Concerns on how this will affect our district.
  • This topic requires more conversation.
  • Purpose of this workshop was to bring information to the Board as an overview.

With no further discussion the workshop adjourned at 10:24 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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