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901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in Workshop Session Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at 10 a.m., ROSSAC in the Auditorium, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with Superintendent Jeff Eakins, and Board Members Lynn L. Gray, Stacy Hahn, Karen Perez, Tamara P. Shamburger, Melissa Snively, and Cindy Stuart present.  Chair Tamara Shamburger presided.

Board Members Absent: Steve Cona

Others present:

Board Attorney – James Porter

Chief of Schools, Administration: Harrison Peters

Deputy Superintendent, Instructional: Van Ayres

Deputy Superintendent, Operations: Chris Farkas

Assistant Superintendents/Division Chiefs:

      Academic Support and Federal Programs –Tracye Brown

      Human Resources – Marie Whelan

      Workforce Connections – Scott Brooks

      Educational Leadership, Professional Development, and School Transformation - Tricia McManus

Media Outreach, Department Manager – Tanya Arja

Sr. Administrative Secretary (Recording) – Kandee King

Tampa Bay Times - Reporter

Approximately 40 people were in the audience, including other school district personnel.

Chair Shamburger called the meeting to order at 10 a.m.

Superintendent Eakins made brief comments.

Board Committee Minutes

The following committee minutes were distributed to Board Members:

            Board Finance Committee Meeting – June 4, 2019

Suspended Agenda

Superintendent Eakins provided the Board a memo and list of suspended agenda items he will be requesting be closed at this afternoon’s School Board meeting.

Workshop Topics

(01) Review Discipline Data, Strategies, and Interventions (Chief of Schools)

This workshop was held to review current and multiyear discipline data trends in addition to sharing strategies and interventions that are making a difference.

Superintendent Eakins made brief comments.

Chair Shamburger began the workshop by asking Board Members to read "A Tale of Two Schools”, provided in their handouts, and share thoughts about the article.   

Member Gray

  • Zero tolerance sends a child towards drop out
  • Believe in restorative practices
  • There has to be a full school buy-in either zero tolerance or restorative practices

Member Hahn

  • Important to be aware of how we greet students
  • Teachers are struggling with what is happening during class
  • Implementation and follow through from leadership at the school is important

Member Perez

  • Acting out is a mental health issue

Member Snively

  • Provide a safe nurturing environment for students to learn
  • Why are we here and are we Preparing Students for Life?

Member Stuart

  • We need to decide as a district what we are going to implement
  • Struggling with the two comparisons

Member Shamburger

  • We fail to dig deep enough to see what Carlos’ problem

Superintendent Eakins discussed the challenges and the unit of change comparison and interesting facts from the ASQi.

Harrison Peters, Chief of Schools, presented a PowerPoint highlighting the following:

  • Expectations, challenges, what is working, responding to challenges, and what’s next on the horizon
  • Shared Agreement/Norms
  • Multi-year trends in HCPS discipline
  • The role of discipline should be to change behavior, not punish students
  • Build a strong school culture
  • Define expectations for the district, school, and classroom
  • Critical elements of effective school-wide management plans
    • Teaming-functioning behavior support teams (MTSS: B)
    • Faculty and stakeholder commitment
    • School-wide expectations for tracking and documenting behavior incidents and interventions
    • Monitoring of plan implementation
    • Location-based norms
    • Lesson plans for teacher behavior
    • Effective reward/recognition program
    • Classroom management system
    • Data-based decision making
  • Current challenges
    • Suspension as an intervention
    • Classroom behaviors
    • Supporting students with special needs
  • What is working?
    • Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS)
    • Embracing our MTSS-B to provide students with a tiered level of support
      • Tier1 prevention and mental health awareness
      • Tier 2 interventions
      • Tier 3 intensive interventions
  • SEL Implementation Plan – Middle School
    • Implement and integrate SEL practices in all middle schools over the next four years
    • Teachers will be trained in order to provide sustainability
  • Restorative Practices
    • Building culture in schools and the district
    • Positive relationships
  • On the Horizon
    • Professional development
      • ESE
      • PBIS
      • Restorative practices
      • SEL
      • CHAMPS
      • Mental health
    • Rethinking ISS and EPIC centers
    • Analyze policy
    • Training and support for sites
    • Improve data system
    • Enhance the collection of data
    • Cross functional workgroup teachers, administration, and academic support and federal programs


Sandra Misciasci, Newsome High School Reading Teacher and 2019 Ida S. Baker Award winner  

  • Seventeen years of teaching I’ve written seven referrals. 
  • I ask myself, how would you treat this child if it were your child?

Brandon Glenn, Assistant Principal, Eisenhower Middle School

  • Make sure students know you care
  • Eisenhower implemented PBIS
  • Teenagers hate to clean, have them do work detail, students will be working together.

April Gillyard, Principal, Memorial Middle School

  • Programs are programs, everything begins with the adults who serve students.
  • Be proactive starting with the adults, developing a safe culture.
  • When a student is suspended he/she must meet with our team upon return.
    • Our job is to teach them how to deal with this.
  • We have meditation rooms for students and staff.

Member Gray

  • Must have buy in from the staff, community, parents, and student.
  • Change the culture.
  • Teachers need to be trained on PBIS.
  • Our active PBIS schools are showing a reduction in referrals
  • Would like to have a comparison over the last three years.

Member Stuart

  • Sandra had the most encouraging statement we have heard.
  • Every time we move administration, teacher, there is a shift in the culture.
  • Where is our intervention staff, have not heard from them?
  • Where are our teachers, union, community and religious leaders, we need to hear from them? 
  • This is not new information.
  • How much training has been done?
  • We don’t compare or define data.
  • Hillsborough County leads the state in Baker Acting students.
  • Would like to see answers and solutions not data.
  • Discrepancies in the COP district and COP state reporting.

Member Perez

  • Brown and black children makeup 80 percent of case load.
  • These students will wind up in the justice system.
  • Provide students coping skills, not referrals.
  • Success coaches are important in this process.
  • Breakdown for reasons disciplinary action was taken.

Member Hahn

  • Conversations with union and teachers, we have many different types of schools.
  • Are the interventions we are currently using working?
  • Closer look as to why the child is acting out.

Member Snively

  • The role of the Board is about the "What”, the Superintendent is responsible for the "How”
  • What policies do we need to put in place to help support these students?

Member Shamburger

  • Art of Asking Why guide book  
  • Black students lead in total suspension
  • There has been a decrease in suspensions.
  • Would like to do a part to for a deeper dive into discipline.

Mr. Porter on behalf of Member Cona 

  • Do we have historical data to track code 81, off campus incidents?
  • Vaping pens continue to be a problem in our schools
  • Asked that Mr. Porter draft a policy to ban vape pens in our schools for the next policy cycle.

With no further discussion the workshop adjourned at 12:04 p.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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