Pinellas County School Board              301 Fourth Street SW

                            Largo, FL  33770

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

 

              ~ Minutes ~              Ann Simonetti

 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017              5:00 PM              School Administration Building

 

I.              Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 5:00 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

 

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 shared the following amendments to the agenda.

Updated Consent Agenda Item # 2: Request Approval of Personnel Recommendations (page 35) to reflect a principal transfer.

Added Consent Agenda Item # 7: Request Approval of the Administrative Appointment of the Director, School Transformation.

All pre-existing agenda items were renumbered accordingly.

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

III.              Adoption of Agenda

At this time, Mrs. Lerner pulled an item:

Consent Agenda Item # 2: Request Approval of Personnel Recommendations-page 48-retirement-Christine Hoffman, principal, Campbell Park Elementary, effective 6/30/17

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:  Reverend James Derbyshire, St. Dunstan's Anglican Church, 2790 Sunny Breeze Avenue, Largo, FL 33770

Reverend Derbyshire delivered the Invocation.

V.              Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance followed the Invocation.

              National Anthem

The National Anthem was sung by Mrs. Rosemary Collins, choral director, Clearwater High School.

              Video:  Celebrating the Class of 2017

The video shown highlighted four of our high school graduation ceremonies. It is one of the most joyful parts of the school year. Every member of the school board participated in the celebration of this milestone at various graduation ceremonies.

VI.              Introduction of Professional and Community Organization Reps

              Lisa M. Wolf, Public Information Officer

Ms. Lisa Wolf, public information officer, introduced the following individuals: Brenda Dannewitz and Maria Cantonis, Arts for a Complete Education; and, Colleen Wright, Tampa Bay Times.

VII.              Presentation by Student Rights and Responsibilities

During the summer months, there is no presentation from the Student Rights and Responsibilities Committee.

VIII.              Special Order Agenda

1.              Recognition of Mackenzie Stumpf, Student Athlete, Tarpon Springs High School,  Presented by Craig Dolan, Swimming Coach, Tarpon Springs High School

Mr. Kevin Hendrick, associate superintendent, teaching and learning services, introduced Coach Dolan.

Mr. Craig Dolan, swim coach, Tarpon Springs High School, introduced Mackenzie Stumpf, and spoke of her accomplishments.

Miss Stumpf 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 # 17: Request Approval of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Postsecondary Project, $450,326.00

Consent Agenda Item # 18: Request Approval of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Secondary Grant, Section 131, $962,412.00

Consent Agenda Item # 19: Request Approval of Budget Amendment No. 6 (February 2017) to the District's 2016/17 Budget

Consent Agenda Item # 31: Request Approval of Agreement With Cutler Associates for Construction Management (CM) Services in Connection With new Construction, Remodel, and Renovations in the Amount of $49,471.00 at Lakewood High School, Project No. 9091

Consent Agenda Item # 33: Request Approval of Substantial Completion for new Central Energy Plant as of April 20, 2017, at Administration Building, Project No. 9051

Mr. Klutho referenced the district strategic directions-Learning in a Safe Environment and Effective and Efficient Use of Resources. He also spoke about environmental concerns.

X.              Unfinished Business

XI.              Consent

Approved, as amended.

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 May 9, 2017; the School Board Workshop of May 23, 2017; and, the Special School Board Meeting of May 23, 2017

Approved, as submitted.

 

2.              Request Approval of Personnel Recommendations

Dr. Grego updated this agenda item under II. Amendments to the Agenda 

Updated Consent Agenda Item # 2: Request Approval of Personnel Recommendations (page 35) to reflect a principal transfer.

Principal Kim Hill was transferred from Leila Davis Elementary to Cypress Woods Elementary.

 

Mrs. Lerner pulled a recommendation from Consent Agenda Item # 2: Request Approval of Personnel Recommendations-page 48-retirement-Christine Hoffman, principal, Campbell Park Elementary, effective 6/30/17.

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

 

3.              Request Approval of the Administrative Appointment of the Principal, Curtis Fundamental Elementary School

Appointment approved- Richard F. Knight

 

4.              Request Approval of the Administrative Appointment of the Principal, Westgate Elementary School

Appointment approved-Bonita S. Paquette

 

5.              Request Approval of the Administrative Appointment of the Principal, St. Petersburg High School

Appointment approved-Darlene K. Lebo

 

6.              Request Approval of the Appointment of the Manager, Talent Acquisition

Appointment approved- Carlmon J. Jones

 

7.              Request Approval of the Administrative Appointment of the Director, School Transformation

This item was added under II. Amendments to the Agenda

Appointment approved-Tzeporaw Sahadeo

 

8.              Request Approval of Temporary Duty Elsewhere (TDE) Assignment for Michael Gandolfo to Serve as President of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association (PCTA) for the 2017/2018 School Year

Approved, as submitted.

 

9.              Request Approval of Temporary Duty Elsewhere (TDE) Assignment for Nelly Henjes to Serve as President of the Pinellas Educational Support Professionals Association (PESPA) for 2017/2018

Approved, as submitted.

 

10.              Request Approval to Create Job Descriptions

Approved, as submitted.

 

11.              Request Approval of Yearbook bid Selection

Approved, as submitted.

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

 

12.              Request Approval of Renewal Agreements for Educational Alternative Services (EAS) Programs at Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and Community Agency Facilities for 2017-2018

Approved, as submitted.

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

 

13.              Request Approval of the Department of Juvenile Justice 2017-2018 School Calendar

Approved, as submitted.

 

14.              Request to Approve the Amendment to Eckerd Youth Alternatives Cooperative Agreement

Approved, as submitted.

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

 

15.              Request Approval of Renewal of Interagency Agreement Between the Florida Department of Children and Families, Suncoast Region, Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Inc., d/b/a Eckerd Community Alternatives, Community Based Care (CBC) Lead Agency, CareerSource Pinellas, The Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Suncoast Region and the School Board of Pinellas County

Approved, as submitted.

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

 

16.              Request Approval of the Student Services Agreement Between Lutheran Services of Florida (LSF) and the School Board of Pinellas County

Approved, as submitted.

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

 

17.              Request Approval of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Postsecondary Project, $450,326.00

Approved, as submitted.

 

18.              Request Approval of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Secondary Grant, Section 131, $962,412.00

Approved, as submitted.

 

19.              Request Approval of Budget Amendment No. 6 (February 2017) to the District's 2016/17 Budget

Approved, as submitted.

 

20.              Request Approval of the Financial Statements for the Month Ending February 28, 2017

Approved, as submitted.

 

21.              Request Approval of the Investment Portfolio Financial Statements for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2017

Approved, as submitted.

 

22.              Request Approval of the Renewal Agreement for 2017/18 for Medicaid School District Administrative Claiming (SDAC) Between the School Board of Pinellas County, Florida and the School Board of Seminole County, Florida

Approved, as submitted.

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

 

23.              Request Approval of the Health Agreement Between Bay Pointe Nursing Pavilion  and the School Board of Pinellas County

Approved, as submitted.

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

 

24.              Request Approval of Amendment to the Health Program Affiliation Agreement               Between BayCare Health System, Inc., and the School Board of Pinellas County

Approved, as submitted.

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

 

25.              Request Approval of the Third 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.

 

26.              Request Approval to Quit Claim a Right of Way Located adjacent to McMullen Booth Elementary School to Pinellas County

Approved, as submitted.

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

 

27.              Request Approval of the Renewal of the Agreement for the Use of the Northeast High School Pool to the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Greater St. Petersburg

Approved, as submitted.

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

 

28.              Request Approval of the Resolution to Designate Norwood Secondary School Unnecessary for Educational Purposes and Release it for Sale

Approved, as submitted.

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

 

29.              Request Approval of the Resolution to Designate Palm Harbor Elementary School Unnecessary for Educational Purposes and Release it for Sale

Approved, as submitted.

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

 

30.              Request Approval of an Access Agreement between Pinellas County Schools and Handex Consulting & Remediation, LLC to Install Offsite Monitoring Wells on the Pinellas Secondary School Property

Approved, as submitted.

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

 

31.              Request Approval of Agreement With Cutler Associates for Construction Management (CM) Services in Connection With new Construction, Remodel, and Renovations in the Amount of $49,471.00 at Lakewood High School, Project No. 9091

Approved, as submitted.

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

 

32.              Request Approval of Substantial Completion for Technology Renovation as of April 25, 2017, at Dunedin High School, Project No. 4520

Approved, as submitted.

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

 

33.              Request Approval of Substantial Completion for New Central Energy Plant as of April 20, 2017, at Administration Building, Project No. 9051

Approved, as submitted.

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

 

34.              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 #169.)

 

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

Approved, as submitted.

 

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

Approved, as submitted.

 

37.              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.              Consent Agenda- Items Pulled

Mrs. Lerner pulled a recommendation from Consent Agenda Item # 2: Request Approval of Personnel Recommendations-page 48-retirement-Christine Hoffman, principal, Campbell Park Elementary, effective 6/30/17.

Mrs. Lerner said she wanted to speak about the publicity surrounding Principal Hoffman. She noted that she does not fault Dr. Grego; it was Mrs. Hoffman’s choice to retire. Mrs. Lerner spoke about the numerous articles that were written; but, she noted that no one mentioned anything positive about Christine Hoffman. She said that it is time for someone to stand up for Christine Hoffman's record. Mrs. Lerner stated that if anyone, after listening to me, wants to label me with a negative label, I will stand by my record. She said there were sixteen applicants for the principal position at Campbell Park Elementary; and, she was chosen. She served as assistant principal at Campbell Park Elementary for four years and principal for one year. She had no previous OPS (office of professional standards) issues; there was one incident when she was working at Maximo Elementary, but the investigation concluded that it was unfounded.  Mrs. Lerner said it was bad judgment and racially insensitive. Then she read some of the letter that Mrs. Hoffman wrote following the incident. Mrs. Lerner said that one mistake should not define someone. The enrollment at Campbell Park Elementary was comprised of 620 black students and 49 white students. Placing white students together would have averaged out to two per class. If the same thing had occurred at a predominantly white school; the issue would not have gotten so much attention. An anonymous letter was published in the Weekly Challenger that supported Mrs. Hoffman and noted that no one searched for some type of understanding. This incident could have been a great learning opportunity for the community. When Mrs. Lerner visited Principal Hoffman at Campbell Park Elementary this school year; Mrs. Hoffman said that she loved her job; and, her dedication and service should have been acknowledged. Mrs. Lerner stated that she will vote against Mrs. Hoffman’s retirement.

RESULT:              APPROVED [6 TO 1]

MOVER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

SECONDER:              Rene Flowers, Vice Chairperson

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

NAYS:              Linda S. Lerner

XIII.              Nonconsent

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 the Purchase Between City Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs of St. Petersburg and the School Board of Pinellas County, Florida for the Property Located at 1801 Melrose Avenue South, St. Petersburg

Mr. Clint Herbic, associate superintendent, operational services, spoke about the importance of this purchase as it relates to the Melrose Elementary School site.

Ms. Lentino referenced the historical significance of the site; it was home to the City Federation of Colored Women's Clubs. She also asked if local contractors would be used on this project.

Mr. Herbic said that he spoke with the builder and artifacts from the site will be displayed at the new school. Also, local hiring is part of the screening process and part of the contractor’s final evaluation.

Ms. Flowers shared that another meeting will be held for contractors interested in finding out about the process to be hired for district projects. She also spoke of the historical significance; civil rights leaders met at this site and there are many historic photographs. The Women's Club agreed to sell the property to the district because it is for the children of the community. She said this is exciting.

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

 

XIV.              New Business

A.              Items Introduced by Superintendent

Dr. Grego’s report included the following:

1) He commented on the recent high school graduations and extended his congratulations. He also thanked Ms. Lori Matway and Mrs. Rita Vasquez for their hard work in orchestrating these events.

2) He noted that Summer Bridge began today. Enrollment is approximately 17,000 students. He is very excited about the new curriculum being used for this the program and this summer each program will include a field trip. Thank you for all staff that have worked hard to make this happen.

3) He spoke about the Melrose Elementary Groundbreaking Ceremony and that it was a great day. He thanked school board members who attended the event.

4) He shared that two students in our district received prestigious college scholarships from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship which covers tuition, room, and board at the universities of their choosing. Clearwater High School graduate Hanna Oliveto and Lakewood High School graduate Adriana Nazarko. Each will receive up to 40,000 annually for four years. Miss to will study at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia; and, Miss Nazarko will study at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

5) He attended the Lunch Pals Recognition and Summit event organized by Ron Diner with Raymond James. Through this program, more than 700 students have been impacted by a mentor. It is an outstanding program supported by local organizations that partner with schools. Mentors meet with students for a half hour lunch plus their travel time which their employers support.

6) He shared with the board that next week he will be attending the College Board Superintendent Advisory Council meeting.

7) He shared that the Florida School Boards Association and Florida Association of District School Superintendents Annual Summer Conference is next week, June 14-16.

8) He shared information about HB7069. He said he spoke with superintendents across the state and they continue to analyze the impact should this bill pass. We are urging Governor Scott to veto the bill. He outlined the four major areas of HB7069 that are problematic:

·              The capital outlay formula is a problem because the dollars are to be shared with charter schools. This will impact our five-year capital outlay plan. The legislation unfairly punishes school districts, such as Pinellas, that have exercised fiscal restraint and have little debt.

·              This proposal under the Schools of Hope provision would allocate approximately $140 million to private charter companies outside of Florida and allow them to employ uncertified teachers and administrators. We have had experience with Imagine Charter, University Preparatory Academy, Windsor Preparatory Academy, East Windsor Middle and Newpoint Pinellas, who have all had to close down. Pinellas County students would be better served by investing in the PCS schools and investing in proven strategies.

·              The Best and Brightest Scholarship program is a one-time bonus to teachers based on evaluations that disregard performance pay programs already being used in districts. It is a non-recurring bonus and overlooks the work of other school-based employees that impact student success.

·              The proposed changes to Title I spending would cause us to eliminate many paraprofessionals, instructional coaches, extended learning programs, 6,000 laptops that are sent home with students and recruitment and retention bonuses for our Transformation Zone teachers. It also reduces dollars that can be spent on family engagement.

He said that superintendents across the state are still encouraging Governor Scott to veto HB7069, due to its inappropriate funding.

 

B.              Items Introduced by School Board Attorney

Mr. Koperski stated that he had no report.

C.              Items Introduced by the Board

Mrs. Lerner: 1) She thanked Dr. Grego for his leadership in addressing the legislation issues. 2) She attended the Lunch Pals Mentoring Matters Summit. This program is in partnership with Raymond James, led by Ron Diner. They have done a great job of growing this program.

Mrs. O'Shea: She asked if the Lunch Pals 2016/2017 Program Report, June 2017, could be posted on the district website.

Mrs. Krassner: She stated that all educators have been making huge appeals to veto HB7069.

Ms. Lentino: She said the HB7069 is a big mistake and said how very important it is to have good political representation at all levels.

Mrs. O'Shea: She shared the importance of "home rule" and local control; this bill does not address our legislative priorities.

Mrs. Cook: She said that she is traveling to Tallahassee tomorrow; she is the legislative chair for the Florida School Boards Association. People need to call the Governor's Office and State Representatives to share their concerns. Time is of the essence.

Ms. Flowers: 1) She spoke about the graduation video that was shown. She was at Tropicana Field for graduation ceremonies and noted the excitement of having Principal Hepburn in attendance for the Gibbs High School ceremony. 2) She spoke about the provision in the legislation that would allow for a charter school to open within a five mile radius of a poverty school. In Pinellas County, there are very affluent areas within a five mile radius of Melrose Elementary and Fairmount Park Elementary. She said that she is not speaking against Choice and understands that parents should have that opportunity; but, not at the expense of public education. If HB7069 passes; there are schools in Manatee County that would have to close their doors.  3) This is the first day of Summer Bridge and she is pleased that R' Club will be able to serve 500 students with after school programs this summer. 4) She noted the great relationship Pinellas County Schools has with St. Petersburg College and said that she is excited about Dr. Tonjua Williams as president of the college. 5) Now that the summer months are here, please watch out for young people when you are driving.

Mrs. Krassner: 1) She said this year is the highest graduation rate that we have achieved at 80.1%. 2) She thanked Paula Texel (assistant superintendent, human resources services) for hosting the job fair and being so proactive.

Mrs. Long: 1) She said that she really enjoyed graduations; it is such a wonderful time. 2) She urged everyone to call the Governor’s Office; this is the time. The contact information is on our website. She said we need to do this for our children; bombard the office with calls and let your voices be heard.

Mrs. Cook: She reiterated that the contact information is posted on our website. She does not believe that the Governor really understands the huge impact of this bill; this is critical.

Mrs. O'Shea: She said that the Florida School Board Association requests that boards annually designate a member and an alternate to serve on the FSBA Legislative Committee. Current members who serve on this committee are eligible to serve consecutive terms if they so choose and if their board approves it.

Ms. Flowers shared information about committee meetings. She said they meet in June and December during the FSBA conferences and also at the FSBA Day in the Legislature. She said that conference calls are also held throughout the year. The reports they provide are shared with all board members.

Ms. Flowers said that she is interested in continuing to serve as the representative on the FSBA Legislative Committee.

Mrs. Long offered to serve as alternate for this committee.

Carol Cook made a motion to approve Rene Flowers as Pinellas County representative on the FSBA Legislative Committee and Eileen Long to serve as alternate.

Terry Krassner seconded the motion. It was carried with a 7-0 vote.

D.              Review of Board Requests

Dr. Corbett stated the following board requests:

-to post the Lunch Pals 2016/2017 program report, June 2017, to the website

E.              School Board Meeting Evaluation

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

Pluses:

-Mrs. Lerner's honest comments

-Dr. Grego's report on Legislative issues

Opportunities:

-Board reports out of sync

-Need for committee info at future workshop

XV.              Adjournment

There being no further business to be brought before the board, the meeting was adjourned at 6:31 p.m..

 

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Chairperson

 

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Superintendent and Ex-Officio Secretary

XVI.              Public Speakers

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

1. Aldina Ahmetovic

Ms. Ahmetovic spoke about her favorite Pinellas Park High advanced placement language teacher “LS” and shared her concern about the teacher being transferred.

2. Mark Klutho

Mr. Klutho shared a quote from Winston Churchill and spoke about environmental concerns.

3. Robert Long

Mr. Long spoke about the district climate survey and requested a return to the previous instrument used in the interest of a collaborative effort of improvement.

4. Kristen Schibener

Ms. Schibener, Pinellas Park Elementary teacher, shared her concerns about Pinellas Park Middle School students having limited opportunities for electives.

 

The session ended at 6:45 p.m.