Pinellas County School Board              301 Fourth Street SW

                            Largo, FL  33770

              Regular School Board Meeting              https://www.pcsb.org

 

              ~ Minutes ~              Ann Simonetti

 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016              10:00 AM              School Administration Building

 

I.              Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 10:00 a.m., at the School Board Administration Building, 301 Fourth Street SW, Largo, Florida.

Attendee Name

Title

Status

Arrived

Rene Flowers

Vice Chairperson

Present

 

Eileen Long

Board Member

Present

 

Joanne Lentino

Board Member

Present

 

Carol J. Cook

Board Member

Present

 

Terry Krassner

Board Member

Present

 

Linda S. Lerner

Board Member

Present

 

Peggy O' Shea

Chairperson

Present

 

Michael A. Grego

Superintendent

Present

 

David Koperski

Board Attorney

Present

 

William Corbett

Deputy Superintendent

Present

 

Kevin Smith

Associate Superintendent/Finance Business Services

Present

 

Clinton Herbic

Associate Superintendent/Operations

Present

 

Ann Simonetti

Administrative Assistant and Clerk to the Board

Present

 

II.              Amendments to the Agenda

At this time, Dr. Grego stated that there were no amendments to the agenda.

III.              Invocation: Reverend Dr. David Miller, Faith Presbyterian Church, 11501 Walker Avenue, Seminole, FL  33772

Reverend Dr. David Miller delivered the Invocation.

IV.              Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance preceded the Invocation.

              National Anthem

The National Anthem was sung by students from Boca Ciega High School; Alec'a Ash, Zoe Bruhn, Ericka Still, and Solie White.

              Video: Honoring Exellence: Teacher of the Year Finalists

The video highlighted the ten finalists in the 2016-2017 Outstanding Educator of the Year recognition program. Recently, surprise visits were made to their classrooms to advise them of their finalist status. All of the nominees and finalists will be honored at the 2016-17 Outstanding Educator of the Year annual Evening of Excellence, presented by the Pinellas Education Foundation. The winner will be named at that event.

Dr. Grego thanked our strategic communications department for producing the video and the sponsors of the Outstanding Educator of the Year program.

V.              Introduction of Professional and Community Organization Reps: Lisa M. Wolf, Public Information Officer

Ms. Lisa Wolf, public information officer, introduced the following individuals: Nelly Henjes, PESPA; Cindy Ehrenzeller, PCCPTA; Rondi Hilleso, Arts for a Complete Education Coalition; and, Cara Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Times.

VI.              Presentation by Student Rights and Responsibilities: Boca Ciega High School

Ms. Lisa Wolf, public information officer, introduced Joshua Williams and Myiah Moody, student rights and responsibilities committee members from Boca Ciega High School. They addressed the board to share information regarding programs and activities taking place at their school.

Ms. Flowers complimented Mr. Vigue, principal, Boca Ciega High School, for his leadership and on site clinic.

VII.              Adoption of Agenda

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

SECONDER:              Eileen Long, Board Member

AYES:              Flowers, Long, Lentino, Cook, Krassner, Lerner, O' Shea

VIII.              Special Order Agenda

1.              Recognition of Tabitha Griffin, 2016 Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Finalist, Presented by Lori Matway, Associate Superintendent, Student and Community Services

Ms. Lori Matway introduced Ms. Tabitha Griffin, principal, Belleair Elementary.

Ms. Griffin was greeted and congratulated by the board.

 

2.              Introduction of Newly Appointed Administrators

Dr. Grego introduced the following newly appointed administrators:

Lewis A. Brinson, Ed. D., minority achievement officer

April M. Paul, director, risk management and insurance

The administrators were congratulated and greeted by the board.

 

IX.              Public Comments on Agenda Items

The following individual shared their comments on specific agenda items:

Mark Klutho

Consent Agenda Item # 12: Request Approval of the Total Project Cost for Pinellas Park Elementary School for Project No. 9117, in the Amount of $700,000, and the Agreement With Fleischman Garcia Architects for Architectural and Engineering Design Services and Construction Administration

Consent Agenda Item # 13: Request Approval of Agreement With Ajax Building Corporation for Pre-Construction Management (CM) Services in Connection With New Construction, Remodel, and Renovations in the Amount of $79,267.77 at Pinellas Technical College, Clearwater, Project No. 4518

Consent Agenda Item # 14: Request Approval of Substantial Completion for Replacement Facility (Building 5) as of August 3, 2016, Which is a Portion of the Project at Largo High School, Project No. 4511

Mr. Klutho spoke about the environmental impact of school buildings.

X.              Unfinished Business

1.              Public Hearing to Consider the Amendment to Policy 0171 – DUTIES: REVIEW OF POLICY (This is the second reading. There have been no changes since the first reading)

The following individual shared their comments during the public hearing for Policy 0171:

Mark Klutho

Mr. Klutho spoke of the district's strategic direction-Learning in a Safe Environment.

Mr. Koperski shared that these are technical changes to the policy language.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Rene Flowers, Vice Chairperson

SECONDER:              Carol J. Cook, Board Member

AYES:              Flowers, Long, Lentino, Cook, Krassner, Lerner, O' Shea

 

2.              Public Hearing to Consider the Amendment to Policy 1121 - CONDITIONS FOR INITIAL EMPLOYMENT OF ADMINISTRATORS; Policy 3121 - CONDITIONS FOR INITIAL EMPLOYMENT OF INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF and Policy 4121 - CONDITIONS FOR INITIAL EMPLOYMENT OF SUPPORT STAFF (This is the second reading. There have been no changes since the first reading)

The following individual shared their comments during the public hearing on Policy 1121, Policy 3121, and Policy 4121:

Mark Klutho

Mr. Klutho shared his viewpoint on the district's strategic direction-Effective and Efficient Use of Resources.

Dr. Grego shared that human resources services is streamlining their hiring processes.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Eileen Long, Board Member

SECONDER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

AYES:              Flowers, Long, Lentino, Cook, Krassner, Lerner, O' Shea

 

3.              Public Hearing to Consider the Amendment to Policy 2630 — SERVICE ANIMALS. (This is the second reading. There have been no changes since the first reading.)

The following individual shared their comments during the public hearing on Policy 2630:

Mark Klutho

Mr. Klutho shared his viewpoint on the district's strategic direction-Effective and Efficient Use of Resources.

Mr. Koperski stated that these changes are being made due to recent case law and best practices.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Carol J. Cook, Board Member

SECONDER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

AYES:              Flowers, Long, Lentino, Cook, Krassner, Lerner, O' Shea

 

XI.              Consent

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Carol J. Cook, Board Member

SECONDER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

AYES:              Flowers, Long, Lentino, Cook, Krassner, Lerner, O' Shea

1.              Request Approval of Minutes: To Approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of November 15, 2016; and, the Organization Meeting of November 22, 2016

Approved as submitted

 

2.              Request Approval of Personnel Recommendations

Approved as submitted

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #167.)

 

3.              Request Approval of the Administrative Appointment of the Assistant Principal, Tyrone Middle School

Appointment approved- Danielle R. Williams

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #167.)

 

4.              Request Approval of the Appointment of the Applications Administrator

Appointment approved- Suzanne A. Garces

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #167.)

 

5.              Request Approval of the Recommendation to Dismiss Ms. Andrea Paula Herring, Bus Driver, Employed with the Transportation Department

Approved as submitted

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #167.)

 

6.              Request Approval to Reappoint Aon Hewitt as Employee Benefits Broker and Consultant January 1, 2017 Through December 31, 2020

Approved as submitted

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #167.)

 

7.              Request Approval of Student Services Agreement Between Chrysalis Health and the School Board of Pinellas County

Approved as submitted

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #167.)

 

8.              Request Approval of the Renewal of the Joint-Use-Agreement With the City of Clearwater

Approved as submitted

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #167.)

 

9.              Request Approval of the Renewal of the Joint-Use-Agreement With the City of St. Petersburg

Approved as submitted

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #167.)

 

10.              Request Approval of the First Fiscal Quarter 2016/2017 Report of the Facility Leases, Joint-Use Activities, and Other Community Uses Processed by the Real Estate Department

Approved as submitted

 

11.              Request Approval of Change Order No. 1 With Florida Pipe Lining Solutions, LLC to Replace Thirty-Five (35) Identified Isolation Valves. This change order will increase the contract amount by $56,629.98 with no time extension at Tarpon Springs High School, Project No. 01631553.

Approved as submitted

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #167.)

 

12.              Request Approval of the Total Project Cost for Pinellas Park Elementary School  for Project No. 9117, in the Amount of $700,000, and the Agreement With Fleischman Garcia Architects for Architectural and Engineering Design Services and Construction Administration

Approved as submitted

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #167.)

 

13.              Request Approval of Agreement With Ajax Building Corporation for Pre-Construction Management (CM) Services in Connection With New Construction, Remodel, and Renovations in the Amount of $79,267.77 at Pinellas Technical College, Clearwater, Project No. 4518

Approved as submitted

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #167.)

 

14.              Request Approval of Substantial Completion for Replacement Facility (Building 5) as of August 3, 2016, Which is a Portion of the Project at Largo High School, Project No. 4511

Approved as submitted

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #167.)

 

15.              Request Approval of a Vehicle Use Agreement to a Non-Profit Organization for a Period of one Year

Approved as submitted

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #167.)

 

16.              Request Approval of Selling the Districts Surplus Equipment on the Public Surplus.com Internet Auction Site

Approved as submitted

 

17.              Request Approval to Recycle, Cannibalize, and/or Scrap Obsolete Fixed Assets

Approved as submitted

 

18.              Request Approval of Bids to Vendors at Prices in Bid Documents in Accordance with Bid Policies and Statutes

Approved as submitted

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #167.)

 

XII.              Nonconsent

XIII.              New Business

A.              Items Introduced by Superintendent

Dr. Grego's report included the following:

1) He welcomed new school board members Eileen Long and Joanne Lentino. He advised them that there were orientation meetings set for them today with some of the district administrators.

2) He spoke about their new board member training at the FSBA conference in Tampa last week.

3) He distributed the draft Florida Association of District School Superintendents legislative recommendations for the 2017 session. This draft legislation will add language regarding the teacher evaluation piece and request that it be managed by districts.

4) He advised the board that the graduation rates should be out in a week or twro from  the Department of Education and he will share the information with them.

5) He said that our teachers and school leadership are preparing online instruction for students to utilize during the winter holiday break. These lessons can also be printed. The middle schools are competing for  $2,000 for the most engagement; the winning school will use the money toward their school improvement plan.

6) He said about 6,000 laptops are being distributed to students at Title I schools; this is a vehicle students can use to extend their learning time.

7) He thanked the Steinbrenner family for the annual Christmas Children's Concert which will attend at the Mahaffey Theater.

8) He advised the board that Jamerson Elementary will host a statewide STEAM conference on Friday, December 9, at the school site. In conjunction, will be the school's annual Fall Engineering Day and Expo, Thursday, December 8, and Friday, December 9. This is one of our top magnet programs. He thanked Ms. Williams-Macon for her leadership.

9) He said the National Computer Science Education Week is sponsoring an hour of coding.

10) He thanked the sponsors of the Outstanding Educator of the Year breakfast held at Pinellas Technical College, St. Petersburg, on Saturday, December 3rd. The finalists were featured on a float that day in the St. Petersburg annual Snowfest Parade. They are the Suncoast Federal Credit Union, Horace Mann Insurance, and the Pinellas Education Foundation.

11) He reminded the board that our annual Support Employee of the Year recognition breakfast will be held at Feather Sound Country Club on January 6, 2017.

12) The kindergarten roundup and district application program information fairs are coming up just after the new year.

13) He wished everyone Happy Holidays.

B.              Items Introduced by School Board Attorney

Mr. Koperski stated that he had no report, but wished to welcome our two new board members.

C.              Items Introduced by the Board

Linda Lerner- 1) She shared that with the new legislature she sees some opportunities and some barriers.  She started with the barriers and noted Speaker Corcoran's calling unions evil because of their interest in dismantling voucher programs. The unions have the right and responsibility to do what they think is in the best interests of children. The corporate tax scholarship goes to vouchers that have no accountability to speak of and she said she finds it disconcerting. On the positive side, Senator Jack Latvala, of Pinellas County, is the chair of the appropriations committee. There was an article which noted more accountability for charter schools, more money and less testing- all sound good to her. There are some challenges in the House and Senate. How are we mobilizing public opinion and business community support for public education? 2) She said the board should plan a retreat to discuss issues that can be further explored by the board and staff. To name a few: pacing guides in relation to our most struggling students; what are we learning in the transformation zone schools that can be duplicated elsewhere; and the reduction in referrals and suspensions, which she supports and we are making progress; but, what is the impact on schools. She suggested each board member bring forward at least one topic to address. She feels that this is a good time to move ahead with continuous quality improvement by looking at the issues. 3) She wished everyone a good holiday and said that we are doing well and can do better.

Rene Flowers- 1) She welcomed the two new board members. 2) She summarized the FSBA 2017 Legislative Platform. 3) She attended the FSBA Federal Relations Committee meeting; she is our board's representative. They discussed ESSA and what it means to the individual communities. 4) She referenced the City of St. Petersburg mayor's address recently where he cited the cities increase in population by 10,000.  She noted Senator's Jack Latvala and Darryl Rouson and their interest in supporting education. 5) She enjoyed her training at the FSBA conference that was specific to board chair and vice chair positions. 6) She was asked to moderate a session at the FSBA conference on natural disasters. She heard a lot of interesting information about emergency preparedness and would like to review our policies and procedures and be certain they align with FEMA. Perhaps this could be a workshop topic. 7) She has the opportunity to teach a class tonight; a politics college prep course. It looks at how government works. Thank you to Senator Rouson for providing her the opportunity. 8) She shared her holiday good wishes.

Carol Cook- 1) She spoke about FSBA's Legislative Platform and also shared that there is a list of continuing concern items that are also shared with our legislators. 2) She welcomed our two new board members and commended them for attending the FSBA conference. She said this conference was one of the best. 3) She shared that after Hurricane Charlie; Pinellas County Schools examined their practices for hurricane preparedness and believes that we have a well-designed plan in place. 4) She made note of the fact that Pinellas Education Foundation has many scholarships available for students, but it has come to her attention that some students go on the PEF website and begin the application process, but don't complete it. She wants to be sure to get the word out for students to complete their scholarship applications by the deadline which is just after winter break. 5) She shared information about Commissioner Morroni's annual first responders’ luncheon on Friday, January 27, 2017. She encouraged board members to attend and will have this event placed on the board calendar. 6) She extended her holiday wishes and for everyone to come back re-energized.

Joanne Lentino- 1) She stated that it is a privilege to serve the community and children of Pinellas County Schools. 2) She said her recent attendance at the FSBA conference was very worthwhile. 3) She spoke of Principal Tabitha Griffin's accomplishment in jumping two letter grades at her school and wants to meet with her to find out how she was able to do it. 4) She wished everyone a safe holiday season and a happy new year.

Terry Krassner- 1) She spoke about the FADSS legislative plan. 2) She shared her concern with teacher evaluation process and how it contributes to low morale. 3) She welcomed the new board members. 4) She wished everyone a happy holiday.

Peggy O'Shea- 1) She said a school board workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, January 17 along with the legislative breakfast. The workshop time will be moved to 9:30 am to accommodate the breakfast that begins at 8:00 am. 2) She said there is a scheduling conflict with the March 28, 2017 school board meeting. FSBA has training in Tallahassee for new school board members that day in conjunction with their Day in the Legislature. She asked to change the board meeting date. 3) She shared her sentiments for a happy holiday.

D.              Review of Board Requests

Dr. Corbett shared the following requests made by board members:

1. add workshop topics as requested

2. to address the conflict for the March 28, 2017 school board meeting with FSBA training for new school board members

E.              School Board Meeting Evaluation

The evaluation of the meeting followed the adjournment of the meeting; and the results are as follows:

Pluses:

-efficient meeting

Opportunities:

-fix audio/visual

-need clarity on agenda to provide opportunity to pull item on consent agenda

-adoption of agenda item

XIV.              Adjournment

There being no further business to be brought before the School Board, this meeting adjourned at 11:31 a.m.

 

 

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Chairperson

 

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Superintendent and Ex-Officio Secretary

XV.              Public Speakers

Following the adjournment of the meeting, the following individuals presented their comments:

1. Lenore Faulkner

Ms. Faulkner spoke about her personal resume.

2. Mark Klutho

Mr. Klutho spoke about recycling and other environmental issues.

3. Mike Gandolfo

Mr. Gandolfo (PCTA president) congratulated Eileen Long, Joanne Lentino, and Carol Cook for being elected to the board. He also shared concerns about the teacher evaluation process.

The session ended at 11:42 a.m.