Pinellas County School Board              301 Fourth Street SW

                            Largo, FL  33770

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

 

              ~ Minutes ~              Ann Simonetti

 

Tuesday, May 9, 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

 

William Corbett

Deputy Superintendent

Present

 

David Koperski

Board Attorney

Present

 

Kevin Smith

Associate Superintendent/Finance Business Services

Present

 

Clinton Herbic

Associate Superintendent/Operations

Present

 

Ann Simonetti

Clerk to the Board and Administrative Assistant

Present

 

II.              Amendments to the Agenda

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

-Added: Special Order Agenda Item #5: (page 14) Presentation of Pinellas Reading Council Literacy Honor Award, Presented by Allison Sisco, Instructional Coach, MTSS, Sandy Lane Elementary School

-Pulled: Consent Agenda Item # 3: Request Approval of the Administrative Appointment of the Assistant Principal, Lakewood High School-Center for Advanced Technologies

 

Mrs. O’Shea stated that as board chair she found good cause to amend the agenda; adding a new Special Order Agenda Item #5 and pulling Consent Agenda Item # 3.

 

III.              Adoption of Agenda

Adopted as amended.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Carol J. Cook, Board Member

SECONDER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

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

IV.              Invocation: Pastor Kenny McNatt, Seminole Assembly Ministries, 10600 113th St, Largo, FL  33778

Pastor Kenny McNatt delivered the Invocation.

V.              Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance followed the Invocation.

              National Anthem

The National Anthem was sung by Maria Matthews, a student from Clearwater High School.

              Video: Inspiring Teachers:  The IT Factor

The video highlighted IT Factor videos that have been produced throughout the school year by the strategic communications department. There were 45 videos posted to both the district website and social media site that highlighted impactful teachers. In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week, a few of the teachers' videos that were featured in this series were shown.

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

Ms. Lisa Wolf, public information officer, introduced the following individuals: Mike Gandolfo, PCTA; Cindy Ehrenzeller, PCCPTA; Madeline Dunsizer, Arts for a Complete Education; Colleen Wright, Tampa Bay Times; Avery Cotton, News Channel 8; and, Jim Farquhar, News Channel 8.

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

Ms. Lisa Wolf, public information officer, introduced Sh'vaela Colton and Keenan Murray, student rights and responsibilities committee members from Clearwater High School. They addressed the board to share information regarding programs and activities taking place at their school.

VIII.              Special Order Agenda

1.              Presentation of the Proclamation Acknowledging the Contribution of Our Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Week, Presented by Paula Texel, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources Services

Dr. Grego thanked teachers for their commitment to students. Ms. Paula Texel, assistant superintendent, human resources services, also shared her thanks.

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 the Proclamation Acknowledging the Contribution of Our Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Week, May 8-12, 2017, and Tuesday, May 9, 2017, as Pinellas County Schools Teacher Appreciation Day.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #169.)

 

2.              Recognition of the 2017 Commissioner’s Academic Challenge State Championship Team, Presented by Pamela Moore, Associate Superintendent, Teaching and Learning Services

Ms. Pam Moore, associate superintendent, teaching and learning services, shared that the Pinellas County Academic Team, won the state championship. Students were unable to attend the meeting and be recognized due to advanced placement testing. Mr. Nick Grasso, director, preK-12 extracurricular, and Ms. Britt Moseley, Seminole High team sponsor, accepted the award.

Mr. Grasso and Ms. Moseley were greeted and congratulated by the board.

 

3.              Recognition of the School Resource Officer (SRO) of the Year for the 2016-17 School Year, Presented by Chief Rick Stelljes,  Pinellas County Schools Police

Chief Rick Stelljes, Pinellas County Schools Police, spoke about the outstanding work of Officer LenShawn Price, from the Clearwater Police Department. She is SRO at Oak Grove Middle School.

Officer Price was greeted and congratulated by the board.

 

4.              Recognition of the Recipient of the Excellence in Educational Leadership Award, Presented by Paula Texel, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources Services

Ms. Paula Texel, assistant superintendent, human resources services, introduced Dr. Judith Ponticell and Dr. Joyce Haines, to make the award presentation to Mr. Lou Cerreta, director, professional development.

Mr. Cerreta was greeted and congratulated by the board.

 

5.              Presentation of Pinellas Reading Council Literacy Honor Award, Presented by Allison Sisco, Instructional Coach, MTSS, Sandy Lane Elementary School

Special Order Agenda Item #5 was added under Item II. Amendments to the Agenda.

Ms. Allison Sisco, president, Pinellas Reading Council, presented the Pinellas Reading Council Literacy Honor Award to Mrs. Pamela Moore.

Mrs. Pamela Moore was greeted and congratulated by the board.

 

IX.              Public Comments on Agenda Items

The following individual shared their comments on specific agenda items:

-Mark Klutho

Consent Agenda Item # 6: Request Permission to Apply for the Education Innovation and Research-Early Phase Program Grant (UCF Partnership) in the Amount of $3,916,856.00

Consent Agenda Item # 16: Request Approval of Substantial Completion for Replacement Facility (Buildings 6, 8 and 9) as of February 28, 2017, Which is a Portion of the Project at Largo High School, Project No. 4511

Consent Agenda Item # 17: Request Approval of Agreement With JE Dunn Construction Company for Construction Management (CM) Services in Connection With new Construction, Renovation and Remodel in the Amount of $61,799 at Career Academies of Seminole, Project No.9141

Consent Agenda Item # 18: Request Approval of Agreement With JE Dunn Construction Company for Construction Management (CM) Services in Connection With new Construction, Renovation and Remodel in the Amount of $60,674 at Tarpon Springs High School, Project No.9092

Mr. Klutho referenced a book Finnish Lessons 2.0, What the World Can Learn From Educational Change in Finland by Pasi Sahlberg and shared his environmental concerns.

 

 

X.              Unfinished Business

XI.              Consent

Approved, as amended.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Rene Flowers, Vice Chairperson

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 School Board Workshop of April 18, 2017; and, the Regular School Board Meeting of April 25, 2017

Approved as submitted.

 

2.              Request Approval of Personnel Recommendations

Approved as submitted.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #169.)

 

3.              Request Approval of the Administrative Appointment of the Assistant Principal, Lakewood High School - Center for Advanced Technologies

Item Pulled under Item II. Amendments to the Agenda.

 

4.              Request Approval to Change the June 13, 2017, School Board Meeting Date to June 6, 2017

Approved as submitted.

 

5.              Request Approval of Yearbook bid Selection

Approved as submitted.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #169.)

 

6.              Request Permission to Apply for the Education Innovation and Research – Early Phase Program Grant (UCF Partnership) in the Amount of $3,916,856.00

Approved as submitted.

 

7.              Request Approval of Roll Forward (additional funds) to the Title I, Part A - Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged Project in the Amount of $2,691,182.00 (new total $31,673,981.00)

Approved as submitted.

 

8.              Request Approval of Roll Forward (additional funds) to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Postsecondary Project in the Amount of $18,303.00 (new total $578,120.00)

Approved as submitted.

 

9.              Request Approval of Budget Amendment No. 5 (January 2017) to the District's 2016/17 Budget

Approved as submitted.

 

10.              Request Approval of the Financial Statements for the Month Ending January 31, 2017

Approved as submitted.

 

11.              Request Approval of the Health Agreement Between Florida Hospital North Pinellas and the School Board of Pinellas County

Approved as submitted.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #169.)

 

12.              Request Approval of the State of Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program Statewide Provider Agreement

Approved as submitted.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #169.)

 

13.              Request Approval of the Agreement Between Positive Impact Worldwide, Inc. and the School Board of Pinellas County

Approved as submitted.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #169.)

 

14.              Request Approval of Third Quarter Submittal of Change Order Summaries

Approved as submitted.

 

15.              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 #169.)

 

16.              Request Approval of Substantial Completion for Replacement Facility (Buildings 6, 8 and 9) as of February 28, 2017, 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 #169.)

 

17.              Request Approval of Agreement With JE Dunn Construction Company for Construction Management (CM) Services in Connection With new Construction, Renovation and Remodel in the Amount of $61,799 at Career Academies of Seminole, Project No.9141

Approved as submitted.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #169.)

 

18.              Request Approval of Agreement With JE Dunn Construction Company for Construction Management (CM) Services in Connection With new Construction, Renovation and Remodel in the Amount of $60,674 at Tarpon Springs High School, Project No.9092

Approved as submitted.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #169.)

 

19.              Request Approval of Selling the District’s Surplus Equipment on the Public Surplus.com Internet Auction Site

Approved as submitted.

 

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

Approved as submitted.

 

21.              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 #169.)

 

XII.              Nonconsent

1.              Request Approval to Renew the Agreement Between Community Tampa Bay, Inc. and the Pinellas County School Board

Dr. Mary Conage, director, special projects, spoke of the positive impact resulting from the district's partnership with Community Tampa Bay.

Mrs. Lerner shared that this relationship dates back to 1991 and spoke about the wonderful work of this organization.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #169.)

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Rene Flowers, Vice Chairperson

SECONDER:              Carol J. Cook, Board Member

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

 

2.              Request Approval of the Purchase Between CA Tampa Bay 1701 10S, LLC. and the School Board of Pinellas County, Florida for the Property Known as Midtown Academy Located at 1701 10th Street South, St. Petersburg

Dr. Grego thanked the school board and the community for their support when University Prep Academy closed their charter and the district opted to keep the school open. He also thanked the board for the naming of the school.

Mr. Herbic, associate superintendent, operational services, reviewed the process required to purchase the property.

Ms. Flowers said this is a good opportunity for the district and the community.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Carol J. Cook, Board Member

SECONDER:              Rene Flowers, Vice Chairperson

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

 

3.              Setting a Public Hearing and Authorizing the Advertisement of the Public Hearing to Consider the Amendment to Policy 6320 – PURCHASING & BIDDING and Policy 6320.01 – NON-DISCRIMINATION IN PURCHASING AND CONTRACTING.  (This is the first reading.)

Ms. Linda Balcombe, director, purchasing, was present to answer any questions. This item was discussed at the April 18, 2017, school board workshop.

Mrs. Lerner referenced page 467 lines 7 and 8 (Policy 6320.01-NON-DISCRIMMINATION IN PURCHASING AND CONTRACTING, page 3 of 3). She asked the school board attorney to define the term minority.

Mr. David Koperski stated that the term minority includes African-American, Hispanic-American, Native-American, and women. He recommended that the policy be re-worded prior to the second reading.

The board was asked to nod in approval of the changes being presented at the second reading; board members acknowledged their approval.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

SECONDER:              Rene Flowers, Vice Chairperson

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

 

4.              Setting a Public Hearing and Authorizing the Advertisement of the Public Hearing to Consider the Amendment to Policies in the Code of Student Conduct.  Changes are made to 5500—STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT; 5500.04—DRESS CODE; 5500.05 – STUDENT ATTENDANCE; 5500.07 – DISCIPLINE; 5500.08—MISCONDUCT THAT REQUIRES SPECIFIC CONSEQUENCES; 5500.10 – DISCIPLINARY ACTION; 5500.11 – DISCIPLINE FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES AND 5500.12 – SUSPENSION/EXPULSION. (This is the first reading of the proposed amendments to policy.)

Mr. Ward Kennedy, area superintendent, shared that the proposed changes were brought to the board at the school board workshop on April 18, 2017.

Ms. Lentino asked about the process used by the code of conduct review committee.

Mr. Kennedy shared that the committee meets and also communicates via email.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

SECONDER:              Carol J. Cook, 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 spoke about recent legislation and coverage of it by the Tampa Bay Times. He thanked the board for allowing him time to meet with legislators about these important issues. He said that Pinellas County is built out so we may not have an influx of students in our district; this may affect our funding. The budget was passed and it reflects $46.00 less per student than the district received ten years ago. Costs continually increase, especially health care and fuel. He asked everyone to contact the Governor’s Office. He said the conforming bill 7069 had a more negative than positive components for public school districts. He asked that Mr. Steve Swartzel, legislative liaison, speak to this topic.

Mr. Swartzel spoke of concerns and that the bill contained something for everyone to dislike.

Mrs. Krassner asked for the superintendent to draft a letter to actions address being proposed.

Mrs. Cook thanked Mr. Swartzel and Dr. Grego for their efforts. What the legislature has done is disgusting.

2) He spoke about the Carwise Minority Achievement Awards Banquet on May 6. He said 145 students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher were recognized.

3) He shared that Lakewood High School was named the Spanish Honor Society Chapter of the Year by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. This spring, Lakewood High also was awarded first place in its division at the Florida State Spanish Conference.

4) He shared that Boca Ciega High School students in the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program partnered with researchers at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg to write a book about human rights. The book was co-authored by 64 ninth-graders who collaborated with local activists, nonprofits and USFSP students and professors. Students celebrated at a book launch and signing on April 30, at the USFSP.

5) He said that graduations are beginning next week. More than 7500 students will be graduating. Many are held at Tropicana Field. He thanked the Tampa Bay Rays for use of the stadium.

6) He shared that registration for Summer Bridge is going strong. The program runs from June 6 through July 13 with sites at elementary, middle and high schools.

7) He advised that Clearwater High School is making computer labs available for students this summer.

8) He said that he will attend Walker’s Rising Stars at Ruth Eckerd Hall tonight. He thanked Dr. Jeff Walker for supporting this annual event.

9) He said the last day of school is Thursday, May 25. He stated that it is important to continue to keep students engaged during the summer months.

10) He advised the board that the groundbreaking for the Melrose Project is scheduled for May 26 at noon and asked to be sure that it is noted on the school board calendar.

 

B.              Items Introduced by School Board Attorney

Mr. Koperski stated that he had no report.

C.              Items Introduced by the Board

Mrs. O'Shea: 1) She congratulated seniors who are graduating this month. 2) She shared with board members that there is an opportunity through FSBA to receive master board training. She has asked Mrs. Carol Cook to share the details at the school board workshop on May 23, 2017.

Ms. Flowers: 1) She attended the Pinellas Community Foundation meeting recently (serving on behalf of the school board). Part of the discussion was about the Pinellas County School Board, Juvenile Welfare Board, and Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners  joint workshop on January 31, 2017. They referenced the need to have health care professionals at each school and committed $5,000.00 to the effort. She said that she did not participate in the vote on this item at the meeting because she serves on the school board. 2) She attended the meeting on Monday night (May 8) with other Pinellas County community leaders to discuss the rampant problem of juveniles who are stealing cars in St. Petersburg. She said these are our students and many are repeat offenders. Representatives from municipal police departments and the sheriff's office particpated. There was discussion about some wrap around services to aid these youth. 3) She spoke about the John Hopkins Middle School and Tyrone Middle School Arts Conservatory for Teens program and the importance of keeping students engaged during the summer months. 4) She attended the AVID Pinning Ceremony at Northeast High School and thanked Mrs. Vigue for her work with this program. 5) She attended the St. Petersburg Collegiate graduation ceremony at the Palladium on Friday, May 5. She went on to congratulate all graduates. 6) She attended the Transition to Teaching graduation. There were 32 individuals who changed careers to become educators. She thanked Carrie Rivera for her work with this program.

Ms. Lentino: 1) She shared that she has been enjoying all the diversity represented in our district as she goes to all these end of the year awards programs. 2) She said that she has received training about the juvenile justice program and has learned about the opportunities offered to students when they are released from jail. There are many educational alternative programs in our district to help students complete their high school education and receive a diploma. She referenced the car thefts being committed by juveniles and stated how important it is to keep young people engaged in school; we need to continue to think outside the box. 3) She said that she has visited classrooms and feels we need to better support teachers. 4) She congratulated our graduates.

Mrs. Cook: 1) She spoke about the FSBA master board training opportunity. She said there had been some discussion about a board retreat or we may want to consider master board training. This can be discussed at the May 23rd workshop. She advised board members to use the FSBA website as a resource as to what the master board training encompasses. 2) She echoed her congratulations to graduates and their parents. She said our graduation rate is increasing. 3) She attended the Turnaround Achievement Awards breakfast (April 19). One of the students attended Midtown Academy. The Academy placed the students’ name on their marquee. A member of the community saw the students name and accomplishment and wrote an anonymous note congratulating them on their outstanding efforts. It was such a nice gesture. It is so important to reach out to students and help in any way we can to support them.

Mrs. Lerner: 1) She said there are so many end of the year events; it is such a wonderful time of celebration. 2) She shared that she visits schools on a regular basis and she sees what is really happening. It is mostly positive. What is in place; what is working; and what is positive. We have a strong leadership team in place. 3) She said there are still many school performances scheduled and asked if the performance calendar could be placed on the district website so the public has access to the schedule. 4) She shared her congratulations to students, teachers, and parents attending graduation ceremonies.

Mrs. Long: 1) She added her congratulations to seniors and has enjoyed celebrating the diversity of our students. We are doing great things in our county. Keep shooting for the stars! Thank you to the parents who share their concerns; we are listening.

D.              Review of Board Requests

Dr. Corbett stated the following board requests:

1.              Policy 6320.01 be reworded prior to the second reading

2.              To compose a letter to address actions being proposed by the legislature

3.              To post the calendar of school performances on the district web page

E.              School Board Meeting Evaluation

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

Pluses:

-Mr. Poth's statement

-P. A. worked

-Calm verbiage to handle audience

Opportunities:

-Policy to remove handbook needs more clear rationale

XIV.              Adjournment

There being no further business to be brought before the School Board, this meeting was adjourned at 12:15 p.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 shared their comments:

1. Lenore Faulkner

Ms. Faulkner spoke about her personal experiences and against common core.

2. Mark Klutho

Mr. Klutho shared his viewpoint on environmental concerns.

3. Sheryl Dampier

Ms. Dampier shared that she needed assistance from human resources regarding her medical leave.

(Ms. Paula Texel, assistant superintendent, human resources services, was asked to assist her.)

4. Rhonda Muscat

Ms. Muscat spoke about difficulties she is experiencing at Gulfport Elementary.

(Mr. Bob Poth, area superintendent, was asked to address her concerns.)

5. Maria Storti

Ms. Storti shared her concern with the recent incident at Seminole Middle School.

6. Lindsey Trimble

Ms. Trimble shared her concern with the recent incident at Seminole Middle School.

7. Isabelle McClure

Ms. McClure shared her concern with the recent incident at Seminole Middle School.

8. John Mitter

Mr. Mitter shared his concern with the recent incident at Seminole Middle School.

9. James McHale

Mr. McHale serves on the School Advisory Committee at Seminole Middle School and shared his concern with the recent incident.

10. Andrea Cappelli

Ms. Cappelli shared her concern with the recent incident at Seminole Middle School.

 

Mrs. Carol Cook acknowledged the concerns expressed regarding Seminole Middle School and stated that the board is waiting for all the information surrounding the incident. She said the district has been sending responses to emails received.

 

Dr. Grego added that the district is looking into the situation. He called up Mr. Bob Poth, area superintendent, to address the issue. Mr. Poth said that in responding to emails it is difficult to capture all that is being done. He believes Ms. Wendy Bryan, principal, to be a dedicated leader who wants what is best for the school; and, that many on her staff are working with her to address the concerns. Both he and Mr. Dywayne Hinds, executive director, middle school education, are meeting with the school staff to discuss strategies. It is the district's intent to share plans with families once they are established. The video demonstrated unacceptable behaviors and the exceptional student education department will address needed support; and, staff will have additional training. At this time, parents and community members are being asked to contact Principal Bryan for an appointment, to afford them the opportunity to have their concerns addressed.

 

Mrs. O'Shea spoke about the Pinellas County Sheriff's report citing a high number of calls to the school. They are working with the Sheriff's office for clarification.

 

Ms. Flowers shared her dismay that individuals would cite this as a racial concern and she read a quote from Nelson Mandela.

 

The session ended at 1:07 p.m.