Pinellas County School Board              301 Fourth Street SW

                            Largo, FL  33770

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

 

              ~ Minutes ~              Ann Simonetti

 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017              3:30 PM              School Administration Building

 

I.              Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 3:31 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

 

Clinton Herbic

Associate Superintendent/Operations

Present

 

William Corbett

Deputy Superintendent

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:

VII: Presentation by Student Rights and Responsibilities: Dixie Hollins High School

This has been deleted due to Hurricane Irma. Pinellas County Schools was closed September 7-15, 2017 and the superintendent felt it was important for the students to remain in class.

VIII. Special Order Agenda: #2 Introduction of Newly Appointed Administrators.

This has been deleted due to Hurricane Irma. The superintendent felt it was important for administrators to be in schools and working in the district due to the recent school closure.

Added: Consent Agenda Item # 19: Request Approval of an Increase in the Total Project Cost for new Construction, Remodel and Renovations at Pinellas Technical College, Clearwater, Project No. 4518

The superintendent added this item because it is time sensitive and the board will not meet again until October 10, 2017.

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

III.              Adoption of Agenda

RESULT:              ADOPTED AS AMENDED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

SECONDER:              Rene Flowers, Vice Chairperson

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

IV.              Invocation:  Pastor Joe Glymph, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 455 Missouri Avenue, Largo, Florida  33770

Pastor Joe Glymph delivered the Invocation.

V.              Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance followed the Invocation.

              National Anthem

A video was shown of the All County Teachers Chorus, at the All County Music Festival, performing the National Anthem.

              Video:  Southern Oak Elementary provides flexibility to students in the classroom

The video highlighted Southern Oak Elementary School. The principal, Susan Taylor, and a team of teachers attended a summer conference where they learned about using flexible seating in the classroom. They implemented this at their school this year and the experience so far has been very positive.

VI.              Introduction of Professional and Community Organization Reps

              by Lisa Wolf, Public Information Officer, Strategic Communications

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

VII.              Presentation by Student Rights and Responsibilities:  Dixie Hollins High School

This item was deleted under Item II. Amendments to the Agenda.

VIII.              Special Order Agenda

1.              Presentation of the Proclamation Designating September 15 – October 15, 2017 as Hispanic Heritage Month, Presented by Michelle Anderson, Specialist, K-8 Social Studies

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 Designating September 15-October 15, 2017 as Hispanic Heritage Month.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #170.)

 

2.              Introduction of Newly Appointed Administrators

This item was deleted under Item II. Amendments to the Agenda.

 

IX.              Public Comments on Agenda Items

The following individuals addressed the board to share their comments on specific agenda items:

1. Mark Klutho

Consent Agenda Item # 7: Request Approval of Title II, Part A - Supporting Effective Instruction Project, $2,965,130.00

Consent Agenda Item # 9: Request Approval of Amendment No.1 to Agreement With Ajax Building Corporation to Release a Construction Allocation of $6,741,217 Resulting in a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) of $7,364,995 and a Revised Total Project Cost of $8,193,900 in Connection With Permanent Walls Renovation at Bardmoor Elementary School, Project No. 9106

Consent Agenda Item # 15: Request Approval of Substantial Completion for Renovations of Buildings 1 and 5 as of August 3, 2017, at Clearview Adult Center, Project No. 9087

Consent Agenda Item # 19: Request Approval of an Increase in the Total Project Cost for new Construction, Remodel and Renovations at Pinellas Technical College, Clearwater, Project No. 4518

Nonconsent Agenda Item # 1: Request Approval to Join Multi-District Litigation Regarding HB 7069, Transmit Letter to Legislative Delegation With Request to Correct, and Provide Delegated Authority to the School Board Attorney

Nonconsent Agenda Item # 2: Request Approval of the (Proposed) Five-Year Capital Outlay Plan and Adoption of the (Tentative) Five-Year Facilities Work Program for 2017/18 Through 2021/22

Mr. Klutho shared his viewpoint on the district strategic directions and construction projects.

2. Jinia Parker

Nonconsent Agenda Item # 1: Request Approval to Join Multi-District Litigation Regarding HB 7069, Transmit Letter to Legislative Delegation With Request to Correct, and Provide Delegated Authority to the School Board Attorney

Ms. Parker spoke in support of joining the lawsuit.

3. Mike Gandolfo (PCTA)

Nonconsent Agenda Item # 1: Request Approval to Join Multi-District Litigation Regarding HB 7069, Transmit Letter to Legislative Delegation With Request to Correct, and Provide Delegated Authority to the School Board Attorney

Mr. Gandolfo spoke in support of joining the lawsuit.

4. Lenore Faulkner

Nonconsent Agenda Item # 1: Request Approval to Join Multi-District Litigation Regarding HB 7069, Transmit Letter to Legislative Delegation With Request to Correct, and Provide Delegated Authority to the School Board Attorney

Ms. Faulkner spoke in support of joining the lawsuit.

X.              Unfinished Business

XI.              Consent

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Carol J. Cook, Board Member

SECONDER:              Rene Flowers, Vice Chairperson

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

1.              Request Approval of Minutes: To Approve the Minutes of the School Board Workshop of August 15, 2017; and, the Regular School Board Meeting of August 22, 2017

Approved, as submitted.

 

2.              Request Approval of Personnel Recommendations

Approved, as submitted.

 

3.              Request Approval of the Administrative Appointment of the Assistant Director, School Leadership

Appointment approved-Stephanie Woodford

 

4.              Request Approval of the Appointment of the District Application Programs Specialist

Appointment approved-Ellen Truskowski

 

5.              Request Approval of new Agreement for Educational Alternative Services (EAS) Programs at the YMCA of the Suncoast Bridging the Achievement Gap (BTAG) Program for 2017-2018

Approved, as submitted.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #170.)

 

6.              Request Approval of Field Trip Bid Selections

Approved, as submitted.

 

7.              Request Approval of Title II, Part A - Supporting Effective Instruction Project, $2,965,130.00

Approved, as submitted.

 

8.              Request Approval to Accept a Vehicle Donation to Pinellas Technical College, St. Petersburg  from Alan William Mowry

Approved, as submitted.

 

9.              Request Approval of Amendment No.1 to Agreement With Ajax Building Corporation to Release a Construction Allocation of $6,741,217 Resulting in a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) of $7,364,995 and a Revised Total Project Cost of $8,193,900 in Connection With Permanent Walls Renovation at Bardmoor Elementary School, Project No. 9106

Approved, as submitted.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #170.)

 

10.              Request Approval of the Fourth 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 the Joint Development Agreement With the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg, Florida, Inc

Approved, as submitted.

 

12.              Request Approval for the Renewal of the Joint Use Agreement With the University of South Florida

Approved, as submitted.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #170.)

 

13.              Request Approval of a Traffic Signalization Easement with Pinellas County for Palm Harbor Middle School Property

Approved, as submitted.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #170.)

 

14.              Request Approval of Change Order No. 1 With Hodge Management for Drainage, Traffic Circulation, and Parking Addition With Lightning. This change order will increase the contract amount by $130,598.44 with no time extension at Bay Vista Fundamental Elementary, Project No. 9231.

Approved, as submitted.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #170.)

 

15.              Request Approval of Substantial Completion for Renovations of Buildings 1 and 5 as of August 3, 2017, at Clearview Adult Center, Project No. 9087

Approved, as submitted.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #170.)

 

16.              Request Approval of Selling the District’s Surplus Equipment on the PublicSurplus.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.

 

19.              Request Approval of an Increase in the Total Project Cost for new Construction, Remodel and Renovations at Pinellas Technical College, Clearwater, Project No. 4518

This item was added under Item II. Amendments to the Agenda.

Approved, as submitted.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #170.)

 

XII.              Nonconsent

1.              Request Approval to Join Multi-District Litigation Regarding HB 7069, Transmit Letter to Legislative Delegation With Request to Correct, and Provide Delegated Authority to the School Board Attorney

Dr. Grego spoke about this request for approval to join the multi-district litigation and noted that he did not take this decision lightly and considered whether or not it is the right thing for students. This bill takes tremendous resources from our students and community; and, based on that he is making this recommendation. The Pinellas Education Foundation and PTAs are in agreement. He also examined if this is the right thing for teachers; and he feels that it is, because we must provide resources for them. The leadership of this Board and the community want us to stand up for our district.

Mr. David Koperski delivered a powerpoint presentation HB 7069 Litigation Overview. He stated that in his legal opinion, that this bill, at least in part, is unconstitutional. School boards in Florida have constitutional control of the schools in their district. He shared that HB 7069 is very lengthy and was put together at the last minute; it was drafted behind closed doors and was the collection of about 50 bills. This bill did not get vetted through the normal committee process. On July 1, 2017, this bill became law, and as such, we are required to follow it. There are currently 11 districts who have joined the multi-district litigation; if this board votes tonight to approve, we will be the twelfth. The $25,000.00 will not come from state funds; they are funds in our district that are obtained in other ways, for example, leasing of our buildings for other organizations use.

Mrs. Cook said that Mr. Koperski covered the issues thoroughly; and she is proud of Pinellas County Schools and our debt management; but, now they want to penalize us for being good stewards of public funds. She feels that it is important to fight it because our children and community deserve it.

Mrs. Krassner thanked Mr. Koperski for his work and concise explanation of the issues.

Ms. Flowers said that she was echoing the congratulatory statements and thanked the school board attorney for keeping the board posted. She said that we are open and willing to accept changes from the legislature. She wants the public to understand that we are not giving carte blanche for the costs of the litigation as it moves ahead. The single subject rule is an issue with this bill. Now that Pinellas County Schools is experiencing success in student achievement the state wants to take our funding away. It is egregious and disingenuous. We will continue to have dialogue with FSBA, FADSS, PCTA, PESPA, and SEIU, to share their concerns.

Ms. Lentino thanked Mr. Koperksi for his detailed comments. She said it is about local control and it challenges all citizens to be aware of what the legislature is doing.

Mrs. Lerner agreed and thanked the staff for their due diligence. HB 7069 is a 274 page document and asked that information about the bill it be posted on the district's website. This board is in support of joining this litigation.

Mrs. O'Shea voiced her support. The Home Rule issue is extremely important. We are locally elected and do not want everything decided upon at the state level. We are open to work with our legislators; but if we don't stop this now, it will continue. This is a statewide issue. She expressed her appreciation for Dr. Grego and Mr. Koperski.

Mrs. Long thanked Mr. Koperski and said that we need to be able to do what is best for our children.

Mrs. Cook asked that Mr. Kevin Smith explain to the public where the money is coming from when the statement is made that it is not taxpayer dollars.

Mr. Smith said there are several sources such as proceeds from rentals and the sale of scrap/junk.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Eileen Long, Carol J. Cook

SECONDER:              Rene Flowers, Terry Krassner

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

 

2.              Request Approval of the (Proposed) Five-Year Capital Outlay Plan and Adoption of the (Tentative) Five-Year Facilities Work Program for 2017/18 Through 2021/22

Mr. Clint Herbic shared that the five-year capital outlay plan complies with the Florida Statutes. One of the goals of this plan is to remove portables from Anona, Sawgrass, and Plumb elementary schools. This plan also reflects the annual charter school allocation with a five year cumulative total of $27.5 million, due to HB 7069 becoming law on July 1, 2017.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Carol J. Cook, Terry Krassner

SECONDER:              Rene Flowers, Eileen Long

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

 

3.              Request Approval of the District Strategic Plan

Dr. Grego stated that the district strategic plan was reviewed at two school board workshops, June 27 and July 18. He introduced Ms. Jennifer Dull, director, strategic planning and policy. Ms. Dull gave credit to retired administrator, Dr. Mary Beth Corace, former director, strategic planning and policy, since the plan presented tonight is her work. Ms. Dull shared some highlights of the plan.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Carol J. Cook, Board Member

SECONDER:              Rene Flowers, Vice Chairperson

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

 

4.              Request Approval to Change the Name of Career Academies of Seminole to Pinellas Technical High School at Seminole

Mr. Bob Poth, area superintendent, shared information as to the process for deciding upon the new name for the school.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

SECONDER:              Eileen Long, 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 thanked everyone for their hard work during Hurricane Irma. Pinellas County Schools sheltered 25,000 people in 16 facilities. He thanked Mr. Clint Herbic for his leadership throughout this event. The district had a smooth re-opening of school on Monday, September 18, 2017.

2. He shared that every school is serving free breakfast and lunch through October 20, 2017, through the US Department of Agriculture because of the hardship of the hurricane.

3. He said that the Pinellas Education Foundation received a $1 million donation from the Richard O. Jacobson Foundation for career technical education and innovation. He thanked Mr. Bob McIntyre and Ms. Stacy Carlson, with the Pinellas Education Foundation, and for the Foundation's generous support of students.

4. He reminded everyone that the ESE College and Career Fair will be held tonight at Pinellas Park High School from 6-7:30 pm.

5. He said Parent University is scheduled for Saturday, September 30, from 8-11:30 am at Pinellas Park High School. There are lots of informational workshops that will be offered. (After the conclusion of the meeting, Parent University was postponed. The date has yet to be announced.)

6. He congratulated Dr. Alicia Isaacs, teacher and AVID Coordinator at Boca Ciega High School, who will be honored at the Council of Great City Schools conference in Cleveland, Ohio, this October, with the Queen Smith Award for her commitment to urban education.

7. He congratulated school board members Peggy O'Shea and Carol Cook for being finalists for the Council of Great City Schools Green Garner Award. The winner will be announced at the Council of Great City Schools conference in Cleveland, Ohio this October.

B.              Items Introduced by School Board Attorney

Mr. Koperski stated that he had no report.

C.              Items Introduced by the Board

There were no board reports.

D.              Review of Board Requests

Dr. Corbett shared the following board request:

-to post information about HB 7069 to the district's website

E.              School Board Meeting Evaluation

There was no evaluation of the meeting following the adjournment of the meeting.

XIV.              Adjournment

There being no further business to be brought before the board, the meeting was adjourned at 5:00 PM

 

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Chairperson

 

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Superintendent and Ex-Officio Secretary

XV.              Public Speakers

Mrs. O'Shea asked the school board attorney if we should proceed with the public speakers since the public hearing is scheduled for 5:01 pm. He advised that it was the decision of the chair. Mrs. O'Shea proceeded with the public speakers.

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

1. Mark Klutho

Mr. Klutho shared his viewpoint on the district's buildings.

2. Lenore Faulkner

Ms. Faulkner spoke about her personal experiences.

3. Susan Spaulding

Ms. Spaulding spoke about the class size issues and her appreciation for the collaborative effort on the part of the district.

This session ended at 5:10 p.m.