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901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met for a presentation from Charter Schools receiving a grade of "D” or "F” during 2018/2019. The presentation held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at 10 a.m., ROSSAC in the School Board Auditorium, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with Superintendent Jeff Eakins, and Board Members Steve Cona, Lynn L. Gray, Stacy Hahn, Karen Perez, Tamara P. Shamburger, and Melissa Snively present.  Chair Tamara Shamburger presided.

Board Members absent from today’s workshop: Cindy Stuart 

Others present:

Deputy Superintendent, Instructional – Van Ayres

Sr. Administrative Secretary (Recording) – Kandee King

Tampa Bay Times Reporter – Marlene Sokol

Approximately 10 people were in the audience, including other school district personnel.

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

            Presentations by "D” and "F” Charter Schools

This workshop was held as a requirement under Florida Statute 1002.33(9)(n)1

FS 1002.33(9)(n)1 requires the director and a representative from the governing board to appear before the sponsor to present information concerning each contract component having noted deficiencies and a School Improvement Plan (SIP) to raise student achievement.

Superintendent Eakins made brief comments and introduced Jenna Hodgens, General Director, Charter Schools.

Mrs. Hodgens made brief comments outlining the following supports:

Supports from the district include:

  • SIP Workshop
  • Meetings with each principal to discuss statutory requirements of the SIP and presentation
  • Reviewed presentations and conducted individual school visits to provide:
    • Feedback
    • Technical assistance
  • Quarterly site visits with template aligned to SIP
  • Mid-year reports will be submitted by each school and reviewed by the Charter Office
  • Any additional assistance as required
  • Inexperienced teacher defined as a teacher teaching less than four years.

Excelsior Prep Charter School
Principal – Stephanie Mullings
Board Chair – Matthew Schabath

  • Opened in August 2017 serving 72 students in grades K-3
  • 2018/2019 served 96 students in grades K-3
  • Currently serving 192 student grades K-4
  • 2018/2019 received a school grade of  "F”


Principal, Stephanie Mullings highlighted the following:
Areas of Focus
  • Additional RTI components to reading and math
  • Increase professional development for reading and math
  • Increase student incentive programs for academics and attendance
  • Increase time and frequency for small group intervention
  • Add interim assessments to the school assessment plan
  • Increase type and frequency of parent communication
  • Parent engagement workshops – building bridge from learning in school to home

Monitoring of Progress

  • Formative Assessments
  • Data wall
  • Student data chats


  • Only 5 of the 15 teachers are considered experienced teachers
  • Working to hire guidance counselors
  • Using resources to provide student services
  • Supportive parents 
  • Visible administration
  • iReady meetings weekly
  • Goal for school at the end of 2019/2020 is a "C” or above

Kid’s Community College Southeast Middle Charter School
Principal – Brandy Tackett
Board Chair – Todd Hammond

  • Opened in August 2017 serving grades 6-8

Principal, Brandy Tackett highlighted the following:
Areas of Focus

  • Math achievement
  • Math learning gains

Monitoring of Progress

  • Assessments three times per year
  • Observation walkthrough with timely feedback
  • Data chats with staff and students quarterly
  • Monitoring of lesson plans
  • Edsby use as a parent/student resource to support instruction at home
  • Formative evaluations of student performance
  • PSLT meetings to monitor data quarterly


  • Math and ELA are their lowest scores
  • Math department has all new teachers this year
  • Science department has 50% new teachers
  • Strong Parent engagement
  • Board Members are encouraged to visit the school  
  • School has social worker and psychologist
  • Full time guidance counselor
  • Guidance director to oversee all the KCC sites
  • School has great diversity

Community Charter School of Excellence
Principal – Shaniqua Kinsey
Board Chair – Jennifer Versaggi

  • Opened in August 2008 serving grades K-8

Principal, Shaniqua Kinsey highlighted the following:
Area of Focus

  • Reading and math achievement
  • Student attendance
  • Teacher development

Monitoring of Progress

  • Quarterly data chats for reading and math
  • RTI/MTSS skills group rosters for reading submitted quarterly
  • Bi-monthly suspension reports to track student activity, trends, and challenges for positive reinforcement or intervention
  • Bi-monthly absenteeism report to communicate student data and goals to encourage family involvement for effectiveness and intervention.
  • PBIS, MTSS, and RTI trainings monthly
  • Electronic tracking of service hours


  • Charter schools need to be above average
  • Using in school suspension to lower suspension rate and keep students in school
  • Currently have a high rate of teacher turnover
  • Prospective teachers are told they type of clientele they will be working with  
  • Social emotional learning is built into everyday curriculum
  • Suspension rate is alarming
  • Concerns regarding the trend or the way this school is headed
  • This charter is experiencing the same thing we are in public school

Village of Excellence Middle School
Principal – Lakeisha Maddox
Board Chair – Robert Irvin

  • Opened in August 2014, serving 96 students in grades 6 and 7
  • Currently serving 100 students in grades 6-8

Principal, Lakeisha Maddox highlighted the following:
Area of Focus

  • Math
  • Science
  • Priority focus is language Arts

Monitoring of Progress

  • iReady monthly progress updates
  • Unit Exams
  • Interim common Assessments three times per year


  • Concerns about priority not being ELA
  • Math and science coach have been hired to help teachers with strategies
  • Reading scores are lacking drastically
  • Math and science were the focus due to the huge gap
  • School grades need to improve

With no further discussion the presentation adjourned at 11:25 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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