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901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in Workshop Session Tuesday, May 7, 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, Tamara P. Shamburger., Melissa Snively, (arrived 10:43 a.m.) and Cindy Stuart (arrived 11:38 a.m.).  Chair Tamara Shamburger presided.

Others present:

Deputy Superintendent, Instructional:  Van Ayres

Deputy Superintendent, Operations:  Christopher Farkas

Chief of Schools, Administration:  Harrison Peters

Board Attorney – James Porter


Assistant Superintendents/Division Chiefs:

      Academic Support and Federal Programs:  Tracye Brown

      Business Services:  Gretchen Saunders

      Diversity:  Minerva Spanner-Morrow

      Human Resources:  Marie Whelan

      Leadership, Professional Development & School Transformation: Tricia McManus

      Teaching and Learning:  Deborah Cook

      Workforce Connections:  Scott Brooks

Sr. Administrative Secretary (Recording):  Aida Farrell

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 10:02 a.m.

Board Committee Minutes

The following committee minutes were distributed to Board Members:

            Budget Committee – January 31, 2019

Suspended Agenda

Superintendent Eakins updated the Board on the following items due to time:

  • #6 Updates on FEMA reimbursements – re: Hurricane Irma
  • #10 Updates on the Mental Health Plan for the Use of Mental Health Assistance Allocation
  • #14 School Board Priorities: Teacher recruitment & retention; Fiscal decisions that reduce expenditures & increase General Fund balances; Literacy in Early Childhood; and Expansion of Career & Vocational curriculum & opportunities 

Workshop Topic

(01)  Presentation on Charter Schools (Charter School)

Superintendent made brief remarks and introduced Jenna Hodges, Director of Charter Schools. Jenna welcomed everyone and introduced Adam Miller.

Adam Miller, Executive Director, Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice, presented a PowerPoint highlighting Florida Charter School Sector.

  • Overview of Sector
    • Public school of choice
    • Governed by independent non-profit governing board
    • Autonomy in exchange for increased accountability
    • What is a Charter School?
  • Guiding Principles
    • Meet high standards of student achievement while providing parents choices
    • Promote enhanced academic success
    • Provide parents information about their child’s performance and growth
  • Purpose
    • Improve student learning and academic achievement
    • Increase learning opportunities for students, with special emphasis on low-performing students
    • Encourage use of innovative learning methods
  • Charter School Enrollment Growth from 1996-2019
    • Demographic Comparison from Charter vs Traditional 2017-18
  • Charter School Authorizing Process
    • Applications
    • Contract Negotiations
    • Monitoring and Oversight
  • Process to Establish a Public Charter School
    • An application for a new charter school may be made by an individual, teachers, parents, a group of individuals, a municipality, or a legal entity organized under the laws of this state.
    • Application is submitted to a local school district (sponsor)
    • Applicant must use the Model Charter School Application
    • February 1 deadline
    • Sponsor/district reviews application using evaluation instrument developed by FDOE
    • School Board votes to approve or deny application
  • Charter Contract Requirements
    • Contract must include academic performance expectations
    • The current incoming baseline standard of student academic achievement, the outcomes to be achieved, and the method of measurement that will be used. The criteria listed in this subparagraph shall include a detailed description of-
    • How the baseline student academic achievement levels and prior rates of academic progress will be established.
    • How these baseline rates will be compared to rates of academic progress achieved by these same students while attending the charter school.
    • To the extent possible, how these rates of progress will be evaluated and compared with rates of progress of other closely comparable student populations.
    • Financial, operational and administrative expectations
    • Term of the charter which shall provide for the closure of the school if insufficient progress has been made in attaining student achievement objectives
  • Charter School Autonomy
    • Exempt from School Board Policies
    • Exempt from portions of Education Code
    • Must abide by core requirements for all public schools
  • Reporting Requirement in Law
    • Monthly financial statement
    • Annual audit
    • Annual program cost report
    • Annual progress report 
  • Statutory Accountability: Financial, Academic Performance
    • Sponsor shall monitor the revenues and expenditures of the charter school
    • Charter school may be terminated for failure to meet generally accepted standards of fiscal management
    • Charter school may be terminated if charter school has two consecutive audits with a financial emergency condition
  • Student Achievement Report Annual Report
    • Based on 4.2 million assessment scores
      English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies
      comparisons broken down by subject, grade level, and student sub-groups (race, disability, socio-economic, etc.)
    • Achievement Section
      Percentage of students who scored a level 3 or above on statewide assessment
    • Learning Gains
      Percentage of students who made a learning gain
    • Achievement Gap
      Gap in grade level performance between white students and African-American students and white and Hispanic students.
  • School of Hope
    • Two strategies: Invest in turnaround efforts at existing schools and recruiting proven charter school operators to open new schools
    • Grants to districts implementing school turnaround strategies that include wrap-around services
    • $2,000 per student
    • 39 district schools awarded approximately $52 Million
    • Hope Operators
    • Non-profit charter school organization
    • Track record of operating high-quality schools in low-income areas
    • Must open new schools in areas of Persistently Low-Performing (PLP) public schools
  • Hope Operators
    • IDEA Public Schools
    • 79 schools (nationwide)
    • 45,000 students
    • 95% minority, 89% FRL
    • 100% of graduating seniors accepted into college for 13 consecutive years
    • 76 days of additional learning in Math, 70 additional days of learning in Reading

General Discussion

  • Loss of FTE due to growth of Charter School
  • Lack of Academic and Diversity in Charter School
  • School Board involvement in the Application Process
  • Hope School 
  • What we can do to improve Charter
    • What does the Community wants?
    • Work with the district to see what the district needs
  • Making our schools the best choice for our district’s family decisions.
  • Chair challenged the board in making the district’s schools the best by coming together as a team.
  • How are other counties making schools better/ learning from each other
  • Penalty of denying a Hope School Operator
  • District ran Charters
  • Protocol of Charter standard location in the application process
  • Supporting students with needs
  • Making our district schools appealing
  • 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
  • Agency access protocol for schools
  • Behavior issues are sometimes mental health issues

Workshop Topic

(02R) Budget (Business)

Superintendent introduced the Business Team and thank them for their hard work and proceeded to go over the Budget PowerPoint.

  • General Fund – Fund Balance Defined:
    • Nonspendable
    •  Restricted
      • Tracking Payroll Expenses Fiscal Year 2018/2019 vs 2017/2017
    • Committed
      • Base Student Allocation
      • Unweighted and Unweighted Student Counts
      • K-12 Total Funding
    • Assigned
      • Best & Brightest Teacher/Principal Allocation
      • Safe Schools Allocation
      • Supplemental Academic Instruction (SAI) Allocation
      • Reading Instruction Allocation
      • Teacher Supplies Allocation
      • Instructional Materials Allocation
      • ESE Guaranteed Allocation
      • Digital Classroom Allocation
      • Student Transportation Allocation
    • Mandated Set Asides
      • Legislature and State Mandated Set Asides
    • Operating Expenses 2019/2020 (Estimated Expenditures)
      • Student and Non-Student Categories
    • Sales Tax Referendum
      • Revenues
      • Expenses

General Discussion

  • The effects of restructuring on our payroll
  • Growth in our district schools
  • Digital classroom allocation
  • Financial loss with students going to charter and how many students return to the district
  • Amount of state funds received
  • Reviewing our assets and resources
  • Training and support for substitute teachers
  • Adding Mental Health training to the human resources onboarding training

With no further discussion the workshop adjourned at 11:56 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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