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Board Meeting Rescheduled to Not Conflict with Presidential Visit

July 24, 2018

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kendra Oestreich
Office of Communications
813-272-4060

Tampa, Fla. – (July 24, 2018) – The meeting of the Hillsborough County School Board currently scheduled for Tuesday, July 31 at 3 p.m. has been rescheduled and will take place Wednesday, August 1 at 3 p.m. The budget hearing planned for Tuesday at 5:01 p.m. is also being rescheduled to 5:01 p.m. on Wednesday. The meeting’s location is unchanged.

The meeting is being rescheduled so as to not conflict with an event planned by the White House to take place at Tampa Bay Technical High School during President Trump’s planned visit to the Tampa Bay Area on July 31.

With the scale of the logistical work needed to coordinate this visit with the staffs of President Trump, Governor Scott, law enforcement, and district staff, we decided it would be prudent to reschedule this important board meeting and budget hearing.

White House planners are arranging an afternoon roundtable with President Trump focusing on career and technical education, an area where the hard work of our students and educators and our School Board’s leadership over many years have made Hillsborough County Public Schools a statewide leader.

Further details on the roundtable will be announced in the days ahead as the event is finalized.
Hillsborough County Public Schools has collaborated closely with our community to create some of Florida’s most powerful workforce and career training programs.

  • Our students earned more than 7,000 industry certifications, a district record, in the 2017-18 school year in fields ranging from IT to welding, and many more
  • More than 1,200 apprenticeships put our students in real-world jobs, building Tampa Bay’s skylines
  • USF Health, Florida Hospital, and Moffitt Cancer Center partner with our medical magnet schools
  • We are home to four technical colleges, 65 Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs, and 206 middle and high school Career and Professional Education (CAPE) Academies

Tampa Bay Technical High School is one of Florida’s top resources for career and technical education at the high school level. Tampa Bay Tech’s students earned our district’s highest graduation rate last year, 97.6%, and the school offers dozens of programs that launch our students into important careers.

Preparing Students for Life is our district’s vision, and workforce preparation is a vital part of that effort — inspiring support from people from a wide range of political and personal backgrounds.

Touring one of our schools in person is the best way to see the successes of our students and educators, and understand what our schools need to prepare students for life. We welcome the opportunity to share this information with President Trump, as we have with many national, state, and local elected officials in the past.

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