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901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in Workshop Session Tuesday, July 30, 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 10:10 a.m.), and Cindy Stuart present.  Chair Tamara Shamburger presided.

Others present:

Board Attorney – James Porter

District Attorney – Jeff Gibson

Chief of Schools – Harrison Peters

Deputy Superintendent, Instructional – Van Ayres

Deputy Superintendent, Operations – Chris Farkas

Assistant Superintendents/Division Chiefs:

      Academic Support and Federal Programs –Tracye Brown

      Business Services – Gretchen Saunders

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

      Government Relations – Jason Pepe

      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

Tampa Bay Times Reporter – Marlene Sokol

Approximately 20 people were in the audience, including other school district personnel.

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

Board Committee Minutes

The following committee minutes were distributed to Board Members:

  • Teaching and Learning Committee Meeting – April 9, 2019

Suspended Agenda

Superintendent Eakins updated the Board on the following items:

  • #2 – Turnaround Schools Status Updates & Achievement School Updates
  • #4 – Updates on the Mental Health Plan for the Use of the Mental Health Assistance Allocation
  • #6 – 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.
  • #8 – Updates on Comprehensive Literacy Audit

Workshop Topics

(1)   Student Day at the Florida State Fair (Chief of Schools)

This workshop was held to review and discuss student fair day and the District’s role in this partnership.

Chair Shamburger made brief comments.

Superintendent Eakins made comments which lead into a Board discussion.

  • The Florida State Fair began in 1904 and now attracts up to 500,000 guests during the 12-day event
  • The Florida State Fair is the first State Fair of the year therefore; the first to showcase the latest and greatest in fair foods and entertainment
  • McDonald’s presents a Hillsborough County high school student with a $1000 scholarship
  • February 7, 2020, is the day designated for families
  • Hillsborough County Public Schools will continue to help promote this event using different mediums
    • Distribute tickets including a McDonald’s coupon provided by McDonald’s Operators in Hillsborough County
    • Special student-centered performances on a designated stage
    • Student exhibits and LEAD African American art projects displayed
    • Non-student day on the designated Family Day.
  • Fair day is not a district event
  • Number of incidents have gone down on this day due to heavy law enforcement
  • Proposing
    • Shift verbiage from student to family day
    • Students use school ID for entry over a range of days, not just one day
  • Staff will continue to work with the fair authority to make this a positive experience
  • Have a chill room and mental health counselors
    • What level of responsibility do we embrace?
    • If we provide these services, could this possibly cause another liability?
  • The first person a student sees when they enter the gates is a district person (security, staff, or teacher)
  • Continue to strengthen the district’s relationship with the fair authority
  • Our students participate in many aspects of the state fair; performances, livestock, exhibits

(2)   High School TTT (Deputy Superintendent, Operations)

Review the process and efficiency of opening High School TTT

Superintendent Eakins make comments and presented a PowerPoint

  • Harvard Jolly Architect and Core Construction outlined the innovative process utilized to develop the design and contraction for High School TTT
  • Projected total for this project as of today is $90,240,000
  • At final close of this project all costs will be approved by the board

Project Update

Overview of project goals, timeline, and next steps

  • Project Goals
    • Optimal learning environment and prototype design considerations
      • 2,208 student stations
      • Construction cost $55.9 Million
      • Compact and secure
      • Full complement of athletic fields
      • Expandable to 2,600 students
    • Safety and security
      • Planning
      • Design
      • Training and communications
    • Cost/student station
    • Prototype design considerations
    • Maximize site planning
  • Principal onsite August 2019
  • School opens August 2020
  • On target to meet our stated goals in sales tax savings


  • The district’s first 6-12 school
  • Not a permanent situation
    • Initial cohort of students that will go 6-12
    • Middle school will be self-contained
  • Once the 6th graders move to high school (2023) convert to 9-12 traditional high school
  • Preliminary numbers are approximately 500 middle school and 1200 high school students
  • Relief for Lennard and East Bay High Schools, Eisenhower and Shields Middle Schools
  • In 2023 this will convert to a 9-12
  • Boundaries are in place
  • Balm Road will be expanded to four lanes
  • Regular updates on growth management

Update on Tampa Heights Elementary

  • Scheduled and on track to open in the fall of 2020

Update on McLane Middle School

  • Cause of fire that destroyed the 600 building was lightning  
  • Principal and team are moving forward with a positive attitude
  • Safety team has someone on site at all times
  • 600 building housed all ac controls for the site
  • Due to safety concerns, a decision was made to demolish the building
  • McLane has enough empty seats to accommodate the displaced students
  • Three teachers have been given $1000 each to help replace materials
  • Hillsborough Education Foundation is accepting donations for assistance
With no further discussion the workshop adjourned at 11:42 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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