Pinellas County School Board              301 Fourth Street SW

                            Largo, FL  33770

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

 

              ~ Minutes ~              Ann Simonetti

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017              5:00 PM              School Administration Building

 

I.              Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 5:01 p.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

 

Kevin Smith

Associate Superintendent/Finance Business Services

Present

 

William Corbett

Deputy Superintendent

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 shared the following additions/corrections to the agenda:

Updated Special Order Agenda Item #3: page 11, to add the Proclamation of National African American History Month, February 2017. The proclamation was unavailable when the agenda was originally posted.

Updated Consent Agenda Item #2: page 97-Request Approval of Personnel Recommendations:

Removed the name Henjes-Arroyo, Alexander A from Cost Center Changes. It was placed there in error.

III.              Adoption of Agenda

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Carol J. Cook, Board Member

SECONDER:              Rene Flowers, Vice Chairperson

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

IV.              Invocation: Pastor Becky Robbins-Penniman, Church of the Good Shepherd,639 Edgewater Drive, Dunedin, FL 34698

Pastor Becky Robbins-Penniman delivered the Invocation.

V.              Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance followed the Invocation.

              National Anthem

The National Anthem was sung by Ethan Zeph, a student at Gibbs High School.

              Video: Douglas L. Jamerson, Jr. Elementary School educator named one of the nation’s best teachers

The video highlighted the surprise announcement made during an assembly on January 12, 2017, at Douglas L. Jamerson, Jr. Elementary School. Magnet Coordinator, Lukas Hefty, was honored with receiving the Miliken Educator Award for his work in developing the school's nationally recognized STEM curriculum.

Mr. Hefty was recognized by the board during Special Order Agenda #5 of this meeting.

VI.              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; Karen Santangelo, Arts for a Complete Education; Pona Piekarski, North Pinellas League of Women Voters; and, Colleen Wright, Tampa Bay Times.

VII.              Presentation by Student Rights and Responsibilities: Gibbs High Schools

Ms. Lisa Wolf, public information officer, introduced Dsyir Holloway, Kiara Laventure, and Isabella Seldin, student rights and responsibilities committee members representing Gibbs High School. They addressed the board to share information regarding programs and activities taking place at their school.

Ms. Flowers spoke about the quality of learning at Gibbs and thanked Principal Hepburn.

Mrs. O'Shea shared that Gibbs High School is the second oldest school in our district.

VIII.              Special Order Agenda

1.              Presentation of the Resolution for Recognition of Student Services Week, February 6-10, 2017 Presented by Donna Sicilian, LCSW, Ed.S., Executive Director Student Services

Ms. Lori Matway, associate superintendent, student and community services, spoke of the positive impact student services professionals have on our student population.

Carol Cook read the resolution aloud.

It was moved by Carol Cook; seconded by Terry Krassner; and carried with a 7-0 vote to approve the Resolution for Recognition of Student Services Week, February 7-10, 2017.

Mrs. Lerner thanked the staff of the student services.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #168.)

 

2.              Presentation of the Resolution for Recognition of Crossing Guard Appreciation Day on February 3, 2017, Presented by Clint Herbic, Associate Superintendent, Operational Services

Chief Stelljes, chief of police, schools police department, spoke of the importance of crossing guards. He said there are 450 crossing guards in our county who serve our students.

Eileen Long read the resolution aloud.

It was moved by Terry Krassner; seconded by Eileen Long; and, carried with a 7-0 vote to approve the Resolution for Recognition of Crossing Guard Appreciation Day on February 3, 2017.

Ms. Flowers commented on the dangers of the job and that two crossing guards were killed in Pinellas County doing their jobs; Mr. Roundtree in St. Petersburg and Mr. Carey in Clearwater.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #168.)

 

3.              Presentation of the Proclamation of National African American History Month, February 2017, Presented by Matthew Blum, Specialist, 9-12 Social Studies

Mr. Matthew Blum, specialist, 9-12 social studies, spoke of the importance of African-American history and the opportunities for students to learn about it through the history here in Pinellas County.

Rene Flowers read the proclamation aloud.

It was moved by Terry Krassner; seconded by Carol Cook; and, carried with a 7-0 vote to approve the Proclamation of National African American History Month, February 2017.

Ms. Flowers spoke about the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum for national African American history in St. Petersburg.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #168.)

 

4.              Presentation of the 2015-2016 Independent Citizens Referendum Oversight Committee (ICROC) Annual Report to the Pinellas County School Board and Citizens of Pinellas County, Presented by, Mike Meidel, Chairperson, Independent Citizens Referendum Oversight Committee

Mr. Mike Meidel, chairperson, ICROC, spoke of the positive impact of the referendum dollars.

Mrs. Lerner thanked Mr. Meidel for all his work on this committee.

Ms. Lentino thanked ICROC for the additional pay to teachers.

 

5.              Recognition of Lukas Hefty, Magnet Program Coordinator, Douglas L. Jamerson, Jr. Elementary School as the recipient of the Milken Educator Award for the Sunshine State, Presented by Robert Poth, Area 3 Superintendent

Mr. Bob Poth, area 3 superintendent, shared the accomplishments of Mr. Hefty.

Mr. Lukas Hefty was greeted and congratulated by the board.

 

6.              Recognition of Semifinalists and Finalists for the 2016/2017 Support Employee of the Year Recognition Program, Presented by Carrie Rivera, Senior Professional Development Coordinator, Human Resources Services

Ms. Carrie Rivera spoke of the great work by the nominees for support employee of the year recognition.

The semifinalists that were present were greeted and congratulated by the board:

Gina Bass

Maria Ortiz

Susan Schermerhorn

Davida Wimbley

James Hawblitzel

The finalists that were present were greeted and congratulated by the board:

Sharon Loughry

Melissa Folks

David Melnick

Paula Nuhn

Gary Nottke

The support employee of the year was congratulated by the board:

David Melnick

 

IX.              Public Comments on Agenda Items

The following individuals shared their comments on specific agenda items:

1. Mark Klutho

Consent Agenda Item # 6: Request Approval of an Agreement Between Gaetz Aerospace Institute, Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University and The School Board of Pinellas County

Consent Agenda Item # 10: Request Approval of the Total Project Cost at Garrison Jones Elementary School, HVAC, Ceiling and Lighting Replacement for Project No. 9098, in the Amount of $4,500,000, and the Agreement With Engineering Matrix, Inc. for Engineering and Construction Services

Consent Agenda Item # 11: Request Approval of Substantial Completion for Controls System Replacement as of November 29, 2016, at Carwise Middle School, Project No. 9063

Consent Agenda Item # 12: Request Approval of Substantial Completion for Replacement Facility (Building 7 Interior, Exterior and Stadium) as of October 24, 2016, Which is a Portion of the Project at Largo High School, Project No. 4511

Nonconsent Agenda Item # 1: Setting a Public Hearing and Authorizing the Advertisement of the Public Hearing to Consider the Amendment to Policy 5120 - ASSIGNMENT WITHIN DISTRICT and Setting a Public Hearing and Authorizing the Advertisement of the Public Hearing to Consider the Amendment to Policy 5210 - ASSIGNMENT WITHIN DISTRICT and Policy 5120.01 - CONTROLLED OPEN ENROLLMENT PLAN (This is the first reading.)

Nonconsent Agenda Item # 2: Request Approval of the Revisions to the Teacher Evaluation System

Mr. Klutho shared his viewpoint on environmental issues and the district’s strategic directions.

2. Rosemary Scalzo (PCTA/PESPA)

Nonconsent Agenda Item # 2: Request Approval of the Revisions to the Teacher Evaluation System

Ms. Scalzo spoke of the Marzano evaluation and the use of district administrators in evaluating teachers instead of curriculum specialists.

3. Seibie Turk

Nonconsent Agenda Item # 2: Request Approval of the Revisions to the Teacher Evaluation System

Mr. Turk spoke in favor of teachers and against the evaluation system.

X.              Unfinished Business

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 School Board Meeting of January 10, 2017

Approved as submitted

 

2.              Request Approval of Personnel Recommendations

Approved as updated under Item II. Amendments to the Agenda

Updated Consent Agenda #2: page 97-Request Approval of Personnel Recommendations:

Removed the name Henjes-Arroyo, Alexander A from Cost Center Changes. It was placed there in error.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #168.)

 

3.              Request Approval to Create or Revise Job Descriptions

Approved as submitted

 

4.              Request Approval to Change the March 28, 2017, School Board Meeting Date to March 21, 2017

Approved as submitted

 

5.              Request Approval of Legal Services Agreement With Shelton McKean

Approved as submitted

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #168.)

 

6.              Request Approval of an Agreement Between Gaetz Aerospace Institute,  Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University and The School Board of Pinellas County

Approved as submitted

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #168.)

 

7.              Request Approval of Restrictive Covenant on South Ward Elementary School Property

Approved as submitted

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #168.)

 

8.              Request Approval of the Facility Use Agreement Between Rogers Blue Jays Baseball Partnership and Pinellas County School Board

Approved as submitted

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #168.)

 

9.              Request Approval of the Renewal of the Pinellas County Combined Mutual Aid Agreement Between the Law Enforcement Agencies and the Pinellas County School Board

Approved as submitted

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #168.)

 

10.              Request Approval of the Total Project Cost at Garrison Jones Elementary School, HVAC, Ceiling and Lighting Replacement for Project No. 9098, in the Amount of $4,500,000, and the Agreement With Engineering Matrix, Inc. for Engineering and Construction Services

Approved as submitted

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #168.)

 

11.              Request Approval of Substantial Completion for Controls System Replacement as of November 29, 2016, at Carwise Middle School, Project No. 9063

Approved as submitted

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #168.)

 

12.              Request Approval of Substantial Completion for Replacement Facility (Building 7 Interior, Exterior and Stadium) as of October 24, 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 #168.)

 

13.              Request Approval of Selling the Districts Surplus Equipment on the PublicSurplus.com Internet Auction Site

Approved as submitted

 

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

Approved as submitted

 

15.              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 #168.)

 

XII.              Nonconsent

1.              Setting a Public Hearing and Authorizing the Advertisement of the Public Hearing to Consider the Amendment to Policy 5210 - ASSIGNMENT WITHIN DISTRICT and Policy 5120.01 - CONTROLLED OPEN ENROLLMENT PLAN (This is the first reading.)

Mr. Bill Lawrence, director, student demographics, assignment and school capacity, shared that the changes were discussed at the January 17, 2017, school board workshop. The policy was updated to align with current practice.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Carol J. Cook, Board Member

SECONDER:              Rene Flowers, Vice Chairperson

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

 

2.              Request Approval of the Revisions to the Teacher Evaluation System

Ms. Paula Texel, assistant superintendent, human resources services, made note of the two recommended revisions involving the student growth score and the deliberate practice rating. These revisions were reviewed by the board at the January 17, 2017, school board workshop.

Mrs. Krassner shared her concern that very few teachers sat on the committees.

Ms. Lentino shared the same concern.

Dr. Bill Corbett advised the board that they are voting today on the rubric used for the deliberate practice (professional development piece); which they believe to be an improvement for teachers. The student growth score is mandated by the state.

Ms. Flowers stated that the public needs to contact their legislators about changes to this system. Much of what the district follows is state mandated.

Dr. Bill Corbett said these are the established rules for this year.

Dr. Grego said about 25% of teachers use the VAM score; we have to play by the rules.

Mrs. O'Shea stated that Dr. Grego went to Tallahassee to speak with legislators about these concerns. She said teachers need to be more fairly evaluated; the current system is not fair or accurate. But, the revisions we are voting for on this agenda are slight improvements.

Ms. Lentino asked if coaches can do some of the evaluations; blend it with administrators.

Dr. Grego said that we can explore coaches as evaluators.

Mrs. Lerner said that the two items that are being voted on are positive and she will support this item. She believes that each district should decide what evaluation system should be used, not the state. She wants the district to make it a better instrument and stay within the law.

Mrs. Krassner added that she asked for clarification to show that what is being voted on is an improvement.

Mrs. Long agreed with board members, and added that we have to do a better job of coming together and make our voices heard.

Dr. Grego noted that not all teaching assignments are the same-we all know that-we are trying. He said we have to fix this system . Local schools and local school boards should have control over the evaluating process. In the meantime, we have to follow the law.

Mrs. Cook said she wholeheartedly supports these two items.

RESULT:              APPROVED [5 TO 2]

MOVER:              Carol J. Cook, Board Member

SECONDER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

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

NAYS:              Eileen Long, Joanne Lentino

 

3.              Request Approval of the 2016-17 Digital Classrooms Plan

Mr. Tom Lechner, assistant superintendent, technology and information systems, said that each school board must approve a plan and submit it to the state prior to funds being dispersed. This plan was reviewed at the January 17, 2017, school board workshop.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

SECONDER:              Rene Flowers, Vice Chairperson

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

 

4.              Request Approval of a Two-Year Renewal for MYcroSchool Pinellas Charter School

Mr. Rick Wolfe, director, charter schools and home education, shared that they are working closely with the school. The location of the school and student population that it serves is needed in the community. This renewal was reviewed at the January 17, 2017, school board workshop.

Ms. Flowers thanked Mr. Wolfe for giving the school another opportunity.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #168.)

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

SECONDER:              Rene Flowers, Vice Chairperson

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

 

XIII.              New Business

A.              Items Introduced by Superintendent

Dr. Grego's report included the following:

1) He updated the board on the work of the discipline committee. He has requested a mid-year report from the schools and will share the results with the board and the community. Ms. Patricia Wright and Mr. Bob Poth, area superintendents, serve on the committee. Both area superintendents will participate in the Center for School Improvement (CSI) Leadership conference in New York, January 26-29 about promoting positive school climates and restorative practices; they were invited by PCTA to attend.

2) He spoke about the Evening of Excellence, January 31st at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, sponsored by the Pinellas Education Foundation. There were 125 nominees for the Outstanding Educator of the Year Award. It is always a wonderful evening.

3) He shared that Governor Rick Scott acknowledged Sarah Dobes, teacher at East Lake Middle School Academy of Engineering. She was recognized with the SHINE Award.

4) He reminded the board about the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Starting Right Now program on Haines Road, February 8. He thanked the board for affording the opportunity for this great residential  program to be housed at the old Harris Tips site.

5) He spoke about the joint workshop scheduled for January 31st in our conference hall. The Juvenile Welfare Board, Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners and Pinellas County Schools will come together to discuss topics of interest to the community. The agenda is on our website.

B.              Items Introduced by School Board Attorney

Mr. Koperski stated that he had no report.

C.              Items Introduced by the Board

Mrs. O'Shea: She asked if any board member was interested in serving on the district employee wellness committee. There were no volunteers. She asked them to think about it.

Ms. Flowers: 1) She spoke about the appropriations committee meeting and shared topics that were discussed. 2) She said the annual turnaround awards are coming up in April. 3) She shared her condolences to the family of a student that attended Bayside High. 4) She shared with the board that she continues to train young people on public speaking, writing skills, and now she is expanding to other forms of communication. She invited the board to attend her session on February 23.

Mrs. Cook: She spoke about Maria Nieves Edmonds, who recently passed away, and of all her contributions to the community. She said that she is going to be missed and thanked Ms. Edmonds for everything she did in her lifetime to help others.

Mrs. Lerner: 1) She said she also knew Ms. Edmonds and her long standing history of community work. 2) She shared with the public that all the comments gathered from the public at the community input sessions and online comments are posted on our website. 3) She noted recent demonstrations across the country and how this is the hallmark of democracy. She shared that she is not saying it for any political reason, just that it is a great lesson for our students.

Ms. Lentino: 1) She said that she is attending the same conference that Ms. Wright and Mr. Poth are attending regarding discipline issues. She met with district staff who briefed her on what the district is doing and has done regarding this important topic. 2) She attended the Urban League brunch and enjoyed it. 3) She walked in the MLK Day parade in St. Petersburg with Ms. Flowers; Dr. Grego and Mrs. O'Shea were in the parade car. 4) She stated that it is a privilege to serve on this board.

D.              Review of Board Requests

Dr. Corbett shared the following board requests:

-to report back on the request to add teachers to the teacher evaluation committees

XIV.              Adjournment

There being no further business to be brought before the School Board, this meeting adjourned at 7:42 p.m.

 

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Chairperson

 

 

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Superintendent and Ex-Officio Secretary

XV.              School Board Meeting Evaluation

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

Pluses:

-healthy discussion

-clarified issue

-new chair for J. L.

Opportunities:

-stop at 3 minutes

-better lights for mic

-resolution process

-respond to persistent comments

XVI.              Public Speakers

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

1. Susan Spaulding

Ms. Spaulding stated that she is speaking on behalf of Mr. Gandolfo (PCTA). She spoke about the need for more support for teachers; staff concerns at the Transformation Zone schools; and less testing.

2. Mark Klutho

Mr. Klutho spoke about recycling and other environmental concerns.

3. Melissa Wade

Ms. Wade, Clearwater Intermediate teacher, spoke about the problems experienced by her student population and VAM scores.

4. Linnea York

Ms. York, Clearwater Intermediate teacher, spoke about concerns with VAM scores.

5. Tanya Julian

Ms. Julian, Clearwater Intermediate teacher, spoke about concerns with VAM scores.

6. Kym Stewart

Ms. Stewart, Clearwater Intermediate teacher, spoke about concerns with VAM scores.

7. Bob Plotkin

Mr. Plotkin, Clearwater Intermediate teacher, spoke about concerns with VAM scores.

8. Susan Steiner

Ms. Steiner, spoke on behalf of Michelle Byrne, Clearwater Intermediate teacher also. She spoke about concerns with VAM scores.

9. Janet Allman

Ms. Allman, Calvin Hunsinger teacher, spoke in support of ESE support staff.

10. Bianca Walton

Ms. Walton, student, spoke in favor of teachers and shared how they helped her achieve.

11. Brian Coleman

Mr. Coleman, Clearwater Intermediate teacher, spoke about concerns with VAM scores.

 

The session ended at 8:17 p.m.