Pinellas County School Board              301 Fourth Street SW

                            Largo, FL  33770

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

 

              ~ Minutes ~              Ann Simonetti

 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017              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

 

Clinton Herbic

Associate Superintendent/Operations

Present

 

Kevin Smith

Associate Superintendent/Finance Business Services

Present

 

Ann Simonetti

Administrative Assistant and Clerk to the Board

Present

 

II.              Amendments to the Agenda

At this time, Dr. Grego shared the following amendments to the agenda:

Consent Agenda Item #3: Request Approval of the School Resource Officer Agreements With City of Clearwater, City of Gulfport and City of Largo for the 2016-2017 Year

The expiration date of the contract with the City of Gulfport has been amended to reflect a one-year contract.

Consent Agenda Item #7: Request Approval of the Total Project Cost for Lakewood High School, new Construction, Remodel, and Renovations for Project No. 9091, in the Amount of $8,627,264, and the Agreement With Hoffman Architects, P. A. for Architectural Design Services was moved to become a new Nonconsent Item #3

Dr. Grego stated that all pre-existing agenda items are re-numbered accordingly.

Mrs. O'Shea stated that as board chair she found good cause to amend the agenda.

III.              Adoption of Agenda

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

SECONDER:              Rene Flowers, Vice Chairperson

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

IV.              Invocation:  Pastor Bob Scott, Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, 110 S. Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater, Florida 33756

Pastor Bob Scott delivered the Invocation.

V.              Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance followed the Invocation.

              National Anthem

The National Anthem was sung by the Seminole Singers of Seminole High School.

              Video:  A Day of Service: Valpak Volunteers Beautify Westgate Elementary School

The video highlighted employees from Valpak who spent a busy day at Westgate Elementary School as part of the National Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Thanks to the efforts of more than 150 volunteers, the school was completely refreshed with new paint, landscaping, and a mural. Their generous support has had a far reaching positive impact on the school and surrounding community.

VI.              Introduction of Professional and Community Organization Reps

              Lisa M. Wolf, Public Information Officer

Ms. Lisa Wolf, public information officer, introduced the following individuals: Cindy Ehrenzeller, PCCPTA; Victoria Hagedorn, Arts for a Complete Education Coalition; and Colleen Wright, Tampa Bay Times.

VII.              Presentation by Student Rights and Responsibilities:  Seminole High School

Ms. Lisa Wolf, public information officer, introduced Collin DiRoma and Andrew Whigham, student rights and responsibilities committee members from Seminole High School. They addressed the board to share information regarding programs and activities taking place at their school.

Mrs. Terry Krassner shared her positive comments about a recent visit to the high school.

VIII.              Special Order Agenda

1.              Presentation of the Proclamation Designating February as Career and Technical Education Month,  Presented by Mark Hunt, Executive Director, Career, Technical and Adult Education

Mr. Mark Hunt, executive director, career, technical and adult education, spoke about the importance of career and technical education. He stated that Thursday, February 16, will be National Career Technical  Education  signing day and shared that the rising graduation rate is directly linked to the increase in career, technical and adult education opportunities in the district.

Rene Flowers read the proclamation aloud.

It was moved by Rene Flowers; seconded by Terry Krassner,  and carried with a 7-0 vote to approve Governor Scott's Proclamation observing February 2017 as Career and Technical Education Month.

Linda Lerner, Joanne Lentino, Rene Flowers, and Peggy O'Shea all shared comments on the positive impact of career, technical and adult education not only for the individual but also for the community.

 

2.              Recognition of Duke Energy Presented by Clint Herbic, Associate Superintendent, Operational Services

Mr. Clint Herbic, associate superintendent, operational services, spoke about the partnership with Duke Energy in the district's energy conservation efforts. They also advised the district of energy rebate opportunities available to help save the district money on energy costs.

Executives with Duke Energy presented the board with a rebate in the amount of $143,735.00.

The Duke Energy executives were greeted by the board.

 

IX.              Public Comments on Agenda Items

The following individual shared his comments on specific agenda items:

-Mark Klutho

Consent Agenda Item # 7:  Request Approval of Change Order No. 1 With Skanska USA Building, Inc. for Exterior Envelope Rehabilitation and Interior Finish Remediation. This change order will decrease the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) by $1,574,514.79, with no time extension, at Azalea Middle School, Project No 9325

Consent Agenda Item # 9: Request Approval of Substantial Completion for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Upgrade (Media Center, Building 26) as of August 1, 2016, at Northeast High School, Project No. 9061

Nonconsent Agenda Item # 3: Request Approval of the Total Project Cost for Lakewood High School, new Construction, Remodel, and Renovations for Project No. 9091, in the Amount of

$8,627,264, and the Agreement With Hoffman Architects, P.A. for Architectural Design Services

Mr. Klutho spoke about construction costs and the environmental impact of our buildings.

X.              Unfinished Business

XI.              Consent

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Rene Flowers, Vice Chairperson

SECONDER:              Eileen Long, 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 Workshop of January 17, 2017; and, the Regular School Board Meeting of January 24, 2017

Approved as submitted

 

2.              Request Approval of Personnel Recommendations

Approved as submitted

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

 

3.              Request Approval of the School Resource Officer Agreements With City of Clearwater, City of Gulfport and City of Largo for the 2016-2017 Year

Approved as amended under Item II. Amendments to the Agenda

This item was amended to reflect a one-year expiration date of the contract with the City of Gulfport.

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

 

4.              Request Approval of Budget Amendment No. 2 (October 2016) to the District's 2016/17 Budget

Approved as submitted

 

5.              Request Approval of the Financial Statements for the Month Ending October 31, 2016

Approved as submitted

 

6.              Request Approval of Second Quarter Submittal of Change Order Summaries

Approved as submitted

 

7.              Request Approval of Change Order No. 1 With Skanska USA Building, Inc. for Exterior Envelope Rehabilitation and Interior Finish Remediation. This change order will decrease the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) by $1,574,514.79, with no time extension, at Azalea Middle School, Project No 9325

Approved as submitted

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

 

8.              Request Approval of Substantial Completion for Replacement Facility (Phase II – Civil, Landscape and Irrigation) as of September 30, 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.)

 

9.              Request Approval of Substantial Completion for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Upgrade (Media Center, Building 26) as of August 1, 2016, at Northeast High School, Project No. 9061

Approved as submitted

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

 

10.              Request Approval of Vehicle use Agreements to Non-Profit Organizations for a Period of one Year

Approved as submitted

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

 

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

Approved as submitted

 

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

Approved as submitted

 

13.              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.              Public Hearing to Receive Public Comment on the Recommended Instructional Materials

Dr. Grego stated that this public hearing is part of the process required by state statute for instructional materials adoption.

This public hearing does not require a vote by the board.

The following individual addressed the board to share his comments:

Mark Klutho

Mr. Klutho voiced his disapproval of some of the instructional materials and the financial impact statement that there is no cost to the district.

Dr. Grego clarified by stating to the board that the agenda item indicates no cost to the district during this phase of the adoption process; the cost will be included when the final adoption comes before the board.

 

2.              Setting a Public Hearing and Authorizing the Advertisement of the Public Hearing to Consider the Amendment to Policy 7511 – FACILITY LEASING (This is the first reading.)

It was stated that this policy was reviewed at the January 17, 2017 school board workshop.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Carol J. Cook, Board Member

SECONDER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

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

 

3.              Request Approval of the Total Project Cost for Lakewood High School, new Construction, Remodel, and Renovations for Project No. 9091, in the Amount of $8,627,264, and the Agreement With Hoffman Architects, P.A. for Architectural Design Services

This agenda item was moved to nonconsent during Item II. Amendments to the Agenda

Consent Agenda Item #7: Request Approval of the Total Project Cost for Lakewood High School, new Construction, Remodel, and Renovations for Project No. 9091, in the Amount of $8,627,264, and the Agreement With Hoffman Architects, P. A. for Architectural Design Services was moved to Nonconsent Item #3

Mr. Clint Herbic said this project is part of the district's five year capital outlay plan. Improvements will include a new media center, lobby at gymnasium, lobby at auditorium, and other changes to improve the functionality of the campus. The completion is expected for the beginning of school year 2019-2020.

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

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Carol J. Cook, Board Member

SECONDER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

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 said he attended an All County Music program, February 7, at Ruth Eckerd Hall; and, it was phenomenal. He thanked Ms. Jeanne Reynolds and all involved for these outstanding programs.

2) He spoke at the North County Minority Report Community Forum held at the North Greenwood Recreation and Aquatic Center in Clearwater yesterday. He shared the district's progress; Dr. Lewis Brinson attended with him. He said there were many retired educators in attendance and the forum went well.

3) He spoke about the upcoming Joseph L. Carwise Achievement Awards, May 6, for north county students and the addition of the Vryle Davis Student Achievement Awards, April 8, for south county students.

4) He thanked principals and teachers for their dedication in offering Saturday Academy programs across the district to support student achievement. He also noted that SAT prep programs being offered are contributing to the rise in test scores.

5) He shared that Monday, February 20th is District-Wide Training Day. He shared the schedule of trainings with the board.

6) He spoke about the PreK and VPK new online application process which makes it easier for families. He said the District Application Programs deadline is February 15th; families need to know that they must go online to accept the program offered if interested.

7) He advised the board that Summer Bridge registration opens February 27th. Currently, there are plans for 42 elementary school sites, 15 middle school sites and 19 high school sites. More details will be shared at the next workshop.

8) He shared the good news about Ridgecrest Elementary. It was designated as a State School of Character for 2017.

9) He shared that Seminole High School is hosting the Innovation through Personalization Conference on March 20 at the Seminole campus of St. Petersburg College. The conference offers interactive workshops, academic talks and school tours focused on personalized learning.

10) He shared good news that Pinellas County Schools earned the top five awards in the West Florida Regional Science Olympiad middle school competition. Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School teams won multiple awards. The schools blue team won first place; orange team took third place; and, its white team took fourth place. A team from Dunedin Highland Middle School won second place and a team from Carwise Middle School took fifth place. All five Pinellas County teams have qualified to move on to the Florida Science Olympiad State Tournament on March 25 at the University of Central Florida, Orlando.

B.              Items Introduced by School Board Attorney

Mr. Koperski stated that he had no report.

C.              Items Introduced by the Board

Rene Flowers- 1) She advised that the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority event on February 23rd will be held at 6 pm at the Childs Park YMCA for the Black History Month Essay program; this is the culmination of middle and high school public speaking workshops that she leads. 2) She mentioned that Melrose Elementary school needs volunteers for their Girlfriends Program. 3)She mentioned that the Happy Workers Learning Center is working with the R'Club Board to develop a memorandum of understanding. The learning center is a needed resource in the community. Improvements will be made utilizing BP Funds and R'Club will add resources. Parties are working together. 4) She read about recent talk among state legislators with regard to community colleges offering bachelor degree programs. She shared that community colleges make degree programs more accessible for many students and she has a concern if this option becomes limited. 5) She shared that the Florida PreK-12 Appropriations committee met and discussed public school fixed capital outlay funding. Also, Senate Education Committee member, Senator Jeff Brandes, proposed that computer coding be used to meet the requirement for foreign language credit; this is still up for discussion. She serves as the FSBA legislative committee representative and asked board members to share their concerns.

Joanne Lentino- 1) She stated that at the Evening of Excellence the Boca Ciega High School Jazz Band performed and they were a stand out. 2) The 7th annual Baby Talk Event is happening February 23rd at Pinellas Technical College, St. Petersburg. It is sponsored by JWB. The event begins at 6 p.m. 3) She attended the NAACP Parent Education and Community Forum on Saturday, February 11. They spoke about parents preparing their children to attend school. 4) She attended the FSBA School Finance and Personnel and Bargaining Issues Forums last week. 5) She also attended the American Federation of Teachers conference in January which she found very worthwhile.

Linda Lerner- 1) She has been visiting middle schools and wants to know if elective teachers can work with intensive reading/math classes to offer some hands on learning. 2) She referenced the letter received by the board from an early childhood educator in the district. She asked if we can provide our most at risk students an opportunity early on to accomplish long term results. She asked if it can be discussed at a workshop. 3) She asked to schedule a school board retreat.

Peggy O'Shea- 1) She referenced the early childhood education issue and asked how much is state driven regarding kindergarten readiness.

Rene Flowers- She thanked school board member Lerner for speaking about kindergarten readiness because many children do not receive the basics. She is aware that some things are being put in place to address at-risk students. She also said the materials the district developed with the grade level expectations were very helpful to parents and asked to receive more of them.

Eileen Long- She asked that the district provide more opportunity for students to be exposed to vocational education opportunities which will spark their interest in learning; especially in north county.

D.              Review of Board Requests

Dr. Corbett shared the following board requests:

- explore alternative electives in intensive reading/math classes in secondary schools

- PreK - Kindergarten: What are we doing for students who are not ready for academics? What are the standards?

- supply of K-5 grade level standards and expectations

E.              School Board Meeting Evaluation

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

Pluses:

- second song

- videos worked

- follow up to speakers

Opportunities:

XIV.              Adjournment

There being no further business to be brought before the School Board, this meeting adjourned at 11:38 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, these individuals shared their comments:

1. Lenore Faulkner

Ms. Faulkner spoke about her background in education and personal experiences.

2. Valerie Boyer

Ms. Boyer stated that she wanted to continue to mentor students; she contacted the board in July and spoke on August 23, 2016.

(It was stated that Ms. Boyer's request has been formally addressed by the district.)

3. Ms. Baxter

Ms. Baxter shared that her transgender child is having difficulties in school.

(Dr. Grego directed her to speak with Mr. Poth, area superintendent.)

4. Wanda Dudley

Ms. Dudley spoke in support of teachers and against the current evaluation system.

(Ms. Dudley emailed a copy of her comments to the board following the meeting.)

5. Mitch Incorvaia

Mr. Incorvaia requested a solution to the excessive noise during the Tarpon Springs High marching band practices.

6. Mark Klutho

Mr. Klutho spoke about the district's building costs and environmental concerns.

7. Sonya Lucito

Ms. Lucito requested a solution to the excessive noise during the Tarpon Springs High marching band practices.

Dr. Grego asked Mr. Ward Kennedy, area superintendent, to address this concern. Mr. Kennedy stated that they are looking at options to reduce the noise level.

 

The session ended at 12:11 p.m.