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901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Thursday, December 10, 2015

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met for recognitions Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at 5:30 p.m., in the School Board Auditorium, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with Superintendent Jeff Eakins, and Board Members Doretha W. Edgecomb, April Griffin, Sally Harris, Carol Kurdell, Melissa Snively, Cindy Stuart, and Susan Valdes present.  Chair Susan L. Valdes presided. 

Others present were:

Chief of Staff:  Alberto Vázquez, Ed.D.

Deputy Superintendent:  Van Ayres

Chief of Schools, Administration:  Larry Sykes, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendents/Division Chiefs:

      Academic Support and Federal Programs –Tracye Brown

      Business – Gretchen Saunders – absent

      Curriculum and Instruction – Denny Oest

      Diversity – Lewis Brinson, Ed.D.

      Governmental Relations – Connie Milito

      Human Resources – Stephanie Woodford

      Information and Technology/Empowering Effective Teachers Grant – Anna Brown, Ed.D.

      Operations – Chris Farkas – absent

      Student Services – Wynne Tye

Communications Manager – Jason Pepe

External Communications Manager – Tanya Arja

External Communications Assistant Manager - Kristin Davis

Superintendent’s Secretary (Recording) – Lori Woods

Approximately 175 people were in the audience, including other school district personnel.

Call to Order:  Meeting called to order at 5:30 p.m.

Moment of Silence and Pledge of Allegiance:  Moment of silence followed by Vice Chair Edgecomb leading in the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag. 

Board – Roll Call:  Chair S. Valdes declared quorum with all Board Members present. 



Phil Jones, Executive Director of the Hillsborough Education Foundation, Will Recognize Three Organizations for Their Support of Public Education (Hillsborough Education Foundation)

Phil Jones, President, Hillsborough Education Foundation (HEF), highlighted the recognition. 

Mr. Jones recognized representatives from the following organizations for their support of the district and HEF.  The business partners were presented with certificates.

  • CarMax -  Linda White, Sales Manager
  • Metropolitan Ministries - Tim Marks, President and CEO; Christine Long, Chief Programs Officer
  • Community Members - Grant Wilson and Diana Stevens

Chair Valdes and Vice Chair Edgecomb made brief comments.


Recognize Office Furniture Donation from Gerdau Long Steel North America (Operations Division)moved up on agenda

James Dieringer, Manager of Logistics, highlighted the recognition.  Mr. Paul Schatzberg, Security, Facilities, and Administrative Manager of Gerdau Long Steel North America, was recognized for the generous donation.  A plaque was presented to Mr. Schatzberg.

Chair Valdes made brief comments.


Recognition of the 2015/2016 Middle School District Champions for Basketball (Student Services Division)

Jennifer Burchill, Assistant Director of Athletics, highlighted the recognition and introduced Justin Youmans, Assistant Principal of Rampello K-8 Magnet School.  Mr. Youmans made brief comments and introduced Coach Mike Castellano.  Coach Castellano recognized the 2015 Girls Basketball District Champions. 

2015 Girls Basketball District Champions - Rampello Downtown Magnet School

Coaches:  Mike Castellana and William Sowell

Durnecia Bell

Ryna Bolton

Bria Brown

Taylor Butler

Brianna Cook

Alina Correa

Jordayn Curry

Laila Duffey

Kailyn Gilbert

Amarie Godwin

Jasmyn Grayes

Juscinya Henry

Brianna Jones

Brionna McClinton

Kalya Milligan

Maliyah Perry

Milahnie Perry

Angelina Rivera

Jayla Troupe

Megan Watson


Jennifer Burchill introduced Greg Hall, Assistant Principal of Franklin Middle Magnet Boys Preparatory School.  Mr. Hall made brief comments and introduced Coach Brendan Hurley.  Coach Hurley recognized the 2015 Boys Basketball District Champions.

2015 Boys Basketball District Champions – Franklin Boys Preparatory Academy

Coaches:  Brendan Hurley and Brian Willeke

Levondre Carter

Liron Thomas

Mikal Willeke

Jeremiah McHayle

Derrick Andrews-Powley

Taylor T. Burdgess

Jayson Reddick

Christopher Hawkins

Joshua Watkins

Erik Montes

Diego Cordoba

Gregory Gaines

Daniele Shotwell, Principal of Riverview High School, highlighted the recognition.  Ms. Shotwell recognized Baile Hertenstein for her outstanding achievement.

Florida High School Athletic Association 2015 State Girls Cross Country Champion

Coach Shanna Brown


Baile Hertenstein

Riverview High School



Recognition of the Winners for the Tampa Hillsborough County Public Library Our Hispanic Heritage Art Contests (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

Dana Warner, Supervisor of K-12 Art, highlighted the recognition and introduced Melissa Falvey, Principal Librarian of the Tampa Hillsborough County Library.  Mrs. Falvey presented Superintendent Eakins and Board members with bookmarks and recognized the following art contest winners.  Winners were presented with certificates.

Bookmark Awards

Grades K-2

Grades 3 - 5

1st Place

Selah Chandrakuar, Grade 2

Claywell Elementary School

1st Place

Arnold Moran, Grade 5

Sulphur Springs K-8 School

2nd Place

Natalie Miller, Grade 2

Claywell Elementary

2nd Place

Elizabeth Hernandez, Grade 5

Claywell Elementary

Poster Awards

Grades 6-8

Grade 9 – 12

1st Place

Anjelika Ratanakarn, Grade 7

Roland Park K-8 School

1st Place

Diana Gonzalez-Videla, Grade 12

Blake High School

2nd Place

Nicole Gonzalez Vega, Grade 7

Sligh Middle Magnet School

2nd Place

Taylor Fetuga, Grade 11

Blake High School 


Recognition of the State-Level Finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) for the 2014/2015 School Year (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

Larry Plank, Ed.S., Director, K-12 STEM, highlighted the recognition and introduced the following finalists.  Plaques were given to both finalist.

Sue Traynham

Mathematics Teacher

Sickles High School

Elizabeth Tuten, Assistant Principal, was in attendance for support.

Kelly Zunkiewicz

Mathematics Teacher

Lennard High School

Mary Freitas, Principal, was in attendance for support.


Recognition of the 2015 Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) Champion Award (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

Larry Plank, Ed.S., Director, K-12 STEM, highlighted the recognition and introduced the following individuals for their outstanding achievement.  Plaques were presented

  • Ken Fiallos - Retired Hillsborough County Public School Engineer
  • Stephen Kucera, Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Biology, University of Tampa’s College of Natural and Health Sciences


Recognize Office Furniture Donation from Gerdau Long Steel North America (Operations Division)moved up on agenda


Recognize Top Recycling Schools (Operations Division)

Amber Wheeler, Department Manager of Planning and Siting, highlighted the recognition and recognized representatives from the following school sites for their outstanding achievement.  Plaques were presented.

  • Brandon High School – Rashad Woods, Roxy Jensen
  • East Bay High School – John Campbell
  • Young Middle School – Nadine Johnson
  • Franklin Middle School – Gregory Hall
  • Jennings Middle School – Nakia Sturrup, Gabriel Smith
  • Caminiti Exceptional Center – Julio Encinosa
  • Lopez Exceptional Center – Pam Tindle
  • Carver Center – Sandra Upshaw
  • Sullivan Partnership Elementary School – Daphne Fourqurean, Principal
  • Dickenson Elementary School – Georgianna Castellano
  • Chiles Elementary School – Terri Evans
  • Chamberlain High School – Donald Hill


Recognition of the Partnership to Advance School Success (PASS) Program at Mort Elementary School (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

Debbie Mills, Supervisor/Generalist, Elementary Education, highlighted the recognition and introduced Charles Blumenkamp, Chair Person of Council for Educational Change.  Mr. Blumenkamp made brief comments and recognized the following individuals for their partnership. 

  • Woodland Johnson, Principal, Mort Elementary School
  • Cyrus and Joanne Spurlino, Trustee, Spurlino Foundation
  • Diana Baker, Spurlino Foundation
  • Brian Butler, President, Vistra Communications
  • Sherry Clarke, PASS Program Coordinator
  • Gene Marshall, Former Chair of Council for Education Change

Vice Chair Edgecomb made brief comments.


Recognition of the 2015 National Librarians Network Secondary Award and Build Something Bold Award for School Library Media Specialists (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

Kimberly DeFusco, Supervisor of Library Media Services, Secondary, highlighted the recognition and recognized Diana Rendina, Library Media Specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School for her outstanding achievements.  Ms. Baretta Wilson, Principal of Stewart Middle Magnet School, was in attendance for support.


Recognition of Literacy Excellence of District and State Literacy Coaches and Reading Teachers of the Year (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

Lynn Dougherty-Underwood, Director of K-12 Literacy, highlighted the recognition and introduced the following individuals for their outstanding accomplishments.  Certificates were presented to the winners.

State Literacy Winners

  • Julie Amanda Sparks - Valrico Elementary School - Florida Elementary Reading Teacher of the Year
  • Susan Koester - Alonso High School - Florida High School Reading Teacher of the Year

HCPS District Literacy Winners

  • Kendyl Montgomery - Adams Middle School - Middle School Reading Teacher of the Year (Currently serving as Reading Coach at East Bay High School)
  • Laurie Echols - Alafia & Cimino Elementary Schools - Elementary Literacy Coach of the Year
  • Jeannette Teeden – Durant High School – Literacy Coach of the Year


Recognition of Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year for Elementary, Middle, and High Schools for the 2015/2016 School Year (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

Daryl Saunders, Supervisor of Elementary Social Studies, Martha Ford, Supervisor of Middle School Social Studies, and Dennis Holt, Supervisor of Secondary Social Studies, highlighted the recognition.  The following individuals were introduced and presented with a plaque for their outstanding accomplishments.

Teacher of the Year – Elementary Social Studies

Alexis Cranedonk, Bellamy Elementary School – Frances Lazarus, Principal




Teacher of the Year – Middle School Social Studies

Natalie McClain, Sligh Middle Magnet School – Shelly Blackwood, Principal




Teacher of the Year – Secondary School Social Studies

Allison McKee Carlisle, Bloomingdale High School – Sue Burkett, Principal


Recognition of the 2015 University of South Florida (USF) College of Education Outstanding Partnership Award (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

Dr. Gladis Kersaint, Professor of Mathematics Educations, USF College of Education, highlighted the recognition and recognized Larry Plank, Ed.S., Director of STEM. Mr. Plank was given a Partnership Award.


Recognition of Construction Management Firms and Office of Supplier Diversity Vendors - Small Business Encouragement (SBE) Program (Office of Diversity)

Collette Glover-Hannah, President, Glover Hannah Community Relations representing Morris & Associates Consulting team, highlighted the recognition.  Ms. Glover-Hannah recognized the following companies and construction managers.  Chair Susan Valdes, Superintendent Eakins, Lewis Brinson, and Ben Moore assisted in presenting the awards.

2015 Annual Awards

Encore Broadcast Equipment Sales, Inc.


Paradyme Enterprises, LLC


Pinnacle Construction Support Group, Inc.


United Data Technologies


Cutler Associates, Inc

Construction Manager

J.O. DeLotto & Sons Inc.

Construction Manager

RW Tymewell, Inc.

Construction Manager


Construction Manager

Vogel Bros. Building

Construction Manager

A.C. Lifts & Welding, Inc.


Advanced Cable Connection, Inc.


Advanced Systems Design, Inc.


Alarm & Communication Systems, Inc.


All Florida Fire Equipment Co.


All-in-One Electric, Inc.


Amzur Technologies, Inc.


Ancom Systems, Inc.


Apollo Construction & Engineering Services, Inc.


Apollo Sunguard Systems, Inc.


Aquasure, Inc.


A-Tech Consulting, Inc.




Big Black Dog Inc.


C&C Painting Contractors, Inc.


Chet Netherly, LLC


CMK Construction, Inc.


Crevello Electric, Inc.


Flooring Worx, Inc.


Ford & Associates, Inc.


Gator Communication Systems, Inc.


Golden Sun, LLC


GPM, Inc.


GSA Security, Inc


Heger Imaging, Inc.


Henriquez Electric


Heredia Services, LLC


Holmes Hepner & Associates Architects


Horus Construction Services, Inc.


KBA Engineering, Inc.


L & D Steel Of Florida, LLC


L & L Site Services, LLC


Larson Plumbing, Inc.


Lighthouse Guidance Systems, Inc.


Llama Management, Inc.


Lyle Engineering Group, Inc.


Main Mechanical Service, Inc.


McLain & McLain Ent., Inc.


MidFlorida Armored & ATM Services, Inc.


Morrison & Associates, Inc.


New Vista Builders Group, LLC


Ocean Flooring, Inc.


On-Point Group, Inc.


Painters On Demand


Paragon Building Contractors, Inc.


Pizzazz Painting And Coatings


Quality Building Controls


R & R Business Systems, Inc.


R.J. Advertising, Inc.


RedCell Technologies, Inc.


Resource Efficiency Solutions Inc.


Rowe Architects Incorporated


RW Tymewell, Inc.


Sani-Chem Janitorial Supplies, Inc.


Sunscape Ground Maintenance, Inc.


Superior Mechanical Systems, Inc.


Tamco Electric, Inc.


Tampa Metal Works, Inc.


Thunder Bay Construction, LLC


Toro Construction Services, Inc.


T-Solutions Corporation


United Painting Services, Inc.


Wilder Architecture, Inc.


Williams Landscape Management Co, Inc.


Woodroffe Corporation Architects



Proclamation by Governor Rick Scott Observing November 2015 as Florida Parental Involvement in Education Month (Academic Support and Federal Programs Division)

MaryLou Whaley, Director of Parent/Community Involvement, highlighted the recognition and introduced Robin DeVault, President of Hillsborough County Council PTA/PTSA.  Ms. DeVault read the proclamation.

Chair Susan Valdes and April Griffin made brief comments.

Chair Valdes congratulated Eric Young’s team and the team of teachers for earning the Distinction of Model Academy for the 2nd time.

Chair Valdes publically wished Dr. Alberto Vázquez a happy birthday.

Audio recording on file.

Meeting adjourned 6:47 p.m.

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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