Pinellas County School Board              301 Fourth Street SW

                            Largo, FL  33770

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

 

              ~ Minutes ~              Ann Simonetti

 

Tuesday, June 27, 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.

Mrs. O'Shea shared that Mrs. Lerner was not in attendance at the meeting because her husband passed away and shared her sympathies.

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

 

Peggy O' Shea

Chairperson

Present

 

Linda S. Lerner

Board Member

Absent

 

Michael A. Grego

Superintendent

Present

 

David Koperski

Board Attorney

Present

 

Kevin Smith

Associate Superintendent/Finance Business Services

Present

 

William Corbett

Deputy Superintendent

Present

 

Clinton Herbic

Associate Superintendent/Operations

Present

 

Ann Simonetti

Administrative Assistant and Clerk to the Board

Present

 

II.              Amendments to the Agenda

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

Updated Consent Agenda Item # 2: Request Approval of Personnel Recommendations-added three administrative transfers-page 67.

              Kristina P. Bauman from Principal Bay Vista Fundamental Elementary to Principal Sandy Lane Elementary

              Nikishia Dixon Albritton from Assistant Principal Melrose Elementary to Assistant Principal Bear Creek Elementary

              Donnika M. Jones from Assistant Principal Bear Creek Elementary to Assistant Principal Melrose Elementary

Added Consent Agenda Item # 3: Request Approval of the Administrative Appointment of the Managing Officer, Employee Benefits, Health, and Worker's Compensation

Added Consent Agenda Item # 4: Request Approval of the Administrative Appointment of the Principal, Leila Davis Elementary School

Added Consent Agenda Item # 6: Request Approval of the Administrative Appointment of the Assistant Principal, Azalea Middle School

Added Consent Agenda Item # 7: Request Approval of the Administrative Appointment of the Assistant Principal, Lealman Innovation Academy

Added Consent Agenda Item # 8: Request Approval of the Administrative Appointment of the Assistant Principal, Gibbs High School

Added Consent Agenda Item # 9: Request Approval of the Administrative Appointment of the Assistant Principal, Lakewood High School

Added Consent Agenda Item # 10: Request Approval of the Administrative Appointment of the Assistant Principal, Seminole High School

Dr. Grego said that all pre-existing agenda items were renumbered accordingly.

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

Dr. Grego thanked the board for their support and said how it is so important to get leadership in place as quickly as possible and make every day count in schools.

III.              Adoption of Agenda

Ms. Lentino spoke about the assistant principal change at Melrose Elementary and shared her concern with Ms. Nikita Reed's leadership.

Ms. Flowers said she supports Ms. Nikita Reed;she runs a tight ship, but she is committed to the work and is remaining as principal because of her desire to help the children. Ms. Flowers accompanied Ms. Reed and staff last year on a bus tour of the neighborhood they serve to bring forth a better understanding of the needs of the students and community and to help staff make the determination as to whether or not working at Melrose Elementary was for them. This work environment has increased demands and expectations because everyone is looking for results. Ms. Flowers stated that she does not want to see the state come in and take over our schools. She also said that  Ms. Nikita Reed was not present to speak to Ms. Lentino's concerns. 

RESULT:              ADOPTED AS AMENDED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Carol J. Cook, Board Member

SECONDER:              Rene Flowers, Vice Chairperson

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

ABSENT:              Linda S. Lerner

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

Pastor Robbins-Penniman delivered the Invocation.

V.              Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance followed the Invocation.

              National Anthem

The National Anthem was sung by Dr. Cheryl Copeland, music teacher, Fairmount Park Elementary School.

              Video:  Breaking New Ground at Melrose Elementary School and Pinellas Park Middle School

The video highlighted the recent ground breaking ceremonies on two school campuses-Melrose Elementary and Pinellas Park Middle. Both schools will undergo major renovations to better serve their students and families. Community members, former and current educators, and elected officials attended these ceremonial events.

VI.              Introduction of Professional and Community Organization Reps

              Lisa M. Wolf, Public Information Officer

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

IX.              Public Comments on Agenda Items

There were no public speakers on specific agenda items.

X.              Unfinished Business

1.              Public Hearing to Consider the Amendment to Policy 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 second reading of the proposed amendments to policy. There have been no changes since the first reading.)

There were no public speakers signed up for this public hearing.

Mr. Ward Kennedy, area superintendent, shared that there were no changes since the first reading.

Ms. Lentino cited the limited teacher representation on the committee.

Ms. Flowers stated that all schools need to follow the policies across the board.

Mrs. Krassner asked about schools that request a school dress code that is specific to their site. Mr. Kennedy said there is a seperate process for schools' staff to follow when they want a specific dress code for their school.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Carol J. Cook, Board Member

SECONDER:              Rene Flowers, Vice Chairperson

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

ABSENT:              Linda S. Lerner

 

2.              Public Hearing to Consider the Amendment to Policy 6320 – PURCHASING & BIDDING and Policy 6320.01 – NON-DISCRIMINATION IN PURCHASING AND CONTRACTING (This is the second reading of the proposed amendments to policy. There have been changes since the first reading.)

There were no public speakers signed up for this public hearing.

Mr. David Koperski spoke about the changes made to this policy since the first reading. Some changes were due to new Federal policy requirements concerning Federal fund expenditures. The other change was a result of a school board member requesting a definition of the word "minority"  to be included in the policy.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

SECONDER:              Carol J. Cook, Board Member

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

ABSENT:              Linda S. Lerner

 

XI.              Consent

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

SECONDER:              Carol J. Cook, Board Member

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

ABSENT:              Linda S. Lerner

1.              Request Approval of Minutes: To Approve the Minutes of the Regular School Board Meeting of June 6, 2017

Approved, as submitted.

 

2.              Request Approval of Personnel Recommendations

Approved, as amended under Item II. Amendments to the Agenda.

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

 

3.              Request Approval of the Administrative Appointment of the Managing Officer, Employee Benefits, Health, and Worker’s Compensation

Approved, as added under Item II. Amendments to the Agenda.

Appointment approved-Melinda W. Sutton.

 

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

Approved, as added under Item II. Amendments to the Agenda.

Appointment approved-William D. Durst.

 

5.              Request Approval of the Administrative Appointment of the Principal, Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School

Appointment approved-Anthony P. Francois

 

6.              Request Approval of the Administrative Appointment of the Assistant Principal, Azalea Middle School

Approved, as added under Item II. Amendments to the Agenda.

Appointment approved-Robyn C. Oyer.

 

7.              Request Approval of the Administrative Appointment of the Assistant Principal, Lealman Innovation Academy

Approved, as added under Item II. Amendments to the Agenda.

Appointment approved-Michelle J. DuGranrut.

 

8.              Request Approval of the Administrative Appointment of the Assistant Principal, Gibbs High School

Approved, as added under Item II. Amendments to the Agenda.

Appointment approved-Christian Licier.

 

9.              Request Approval of the Administrative Appointment of the Assistant Principal, Lakewood High School

Approved, as added under Item II. Amendments to the Agenda.

Appointment approved-Tequena L. Akintonde.

 

10.              Request Approval of the Administrative Appointment of the Assistant Principal, Seminole High School

Approved, as added under Item II. Amendments to the Agenda.

Appointment approved-Teresa L. Patterson.

 

11.              Request Approval of 2017/2018 Casualty Insurance Program

Approved, as submitted.

 

12.              Request Approval of Yearbook Bid Selections

Approved, as submitted.

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

 

13.              Request Approval of Budget Amendment No. 7 (March 2017) to the District's 2016/17 Budget

Approved, as submitted.

 

14.              Request Approval of the Financial Statements for the Month Ending March 31, 2017

Approved, as submitted.

 

15.              Request Authorization to Allow Payment of Current Bills and Salaries Beginning July 1, 2017  Until the Approval of the Final 2017/18 Budget

Approved, as submitted.

 

16.              Request Approval to Advertise the Preliminary Budgets, Millage Rates, and Public Hearing Dates for the District’s 2017/18 Budget

Approved, as submitted.

 

17.              Request Approval of the School Internal Funds Financial Statement Audit Report for Fiscal Year 2015/2016

Approved, as submitted.

 

18.              Request Approval for Renewal of the Apprenticeship Training Program Agreement With the  Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC), Florida West Coast Chapter

Approved, as submitted.

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

 

19.              Request Approval for Renewal of the Agreement Between the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County  and the School Board of Pinellas County, Florida - Contract for Data Deliverables

Approved, as submitted.

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

 

20.              Request Approval for Renewal of the Agreement Between the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County  and the School Board of Pinellas County, Florida - Interagency Agreement for Student Data Sharing

Approved, as submitted.

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

 

21.              Request Approval of Annual State Requirements for Educational Facilities (SREF) Inspection Reports

Approved, as submitted.

 

22.              Request Approval of the Renewal of the Joint-Use-of-Facilities Agreement With the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) of Greater St. Petersburg

Approved, as submitted.

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

 

23.              Request Approval of the Renewal of the Agreement With Dunedin Jr. Falcons, Inc., Permitting the use of a Portion of the Dunedin High School Practice Field

Approved, as submitted.

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

 

24.              Request Approval of Change Order No. 2 to the Agreement With Ajax Building Corporation for Labor, Materials, Equipment, and Duration of Schedule Associated With the Replacement of the Football Field and Track at Largo High School. This change order will increase the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) by $668,536 with a ten (10) week time extension at Largo High School, Project No. 4511.

Approved, as submitted.

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

 

25.              Request Approval of Change Order No. 2 With Cutler Associates, Inc. for Renovations to HVAC, Ceilings and Lights, Electrical Distribution. This change order will decrease the current contract amount by $1,211,828.67, with no time extension, at Pinellas Park Elementary, Project No. 9185.

Approved, as submitted.

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

 

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

Approved, as submitted.

 

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

Approved, as submitted.

 

28.              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.              Setting a Public Hearing and Authorizing the Advertisement of the Public Hearing to Consider the Amendment to Policy 2460 – EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION (This is the first reading.)

Approved, as submitted.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Carol J. Cook, Board Member

SECONDER:              Rene Flowers, Vice Chairperson

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

ABSENT:              Linda S. Lerner

 

XIII.              New Business

A.              Items Introduced by Superintendent

Dr. Grego's report included the following:

1) He noted that the FSA testing results are in and overall the District did very well. In elementary schools, proficiency rates improved in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics in nearly every grade. In middle school, ELA remained steady and Mathematics increased in most areas. In high school we saw ELA proficiency increase 12 points in ninth grade. The state average increased one point. High School proficiency in Mathematics increased in Algebra +8, Geometry +6 and Algebra 2 +9. A majority of the Transformation Zone schools saw significant increases. The teaching and learning department has provided data to the schools to help with decision making for next school year. He thanked the teachers for their work. This information will be posted on our website.

2) He stated that groundbreaking ceremonies were held at Melrose Elementary and Pinellas Park Middle. He thanked Mr. Clint Herbic and his department for their work. He said that he enjoys bringing the community together to celebrate these projects.

3) He said that Summer Bridge is going well; we are at the halfway point. He encouraged families to continue with the program; often, following the Fourth of July holiday, attendance declines. He said we want every student to continue attending.

4) He commended the Office of Strategic Communications staff, under the direction of Ms. Melanie Parra, for winning three national awards. One for the informational video on the referendum; one for the IT Factor videos that highlight exemplary teachers; and, one for the Science Rocks program on WPDS.

5) He thanked Al Reuchel for his participation at the World Refugee Day celebration at Pinellas Technical College, St. Petersburg, for newly naturalized U.S. citizens. He also thanked the staff of PTC for hosting the event.

6) He shared the good news that the Department of Education honored two of our business partners for their support of education. Ajax Building Corporation dedicated more than $1 million in time, labor and resources to transform the Starting Right Now facility, which serves homeless teens. Raymond James Financial, Inc., partnered with us to develop and support the Lunch Pals program. This program currently serves about 700 students.

7) He shared that Jennifer Gilby, a Palm Harbor University High School student, was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the community. She received the 2017 Anne Frank Humanitarian Award from the Florida Holocaust Museum for her advocacy for women and children in the community.

8) He said he traveled to Orlando to attend the state Principal of the Year awards program. Mr. Kevin Hendrick was a finalist, and although he was not selected, it is an honor for him to be recognized. Pinellas County Schools did well with three state recognitions; Mr. Melnick won support employee of the year, Ms. Ko is a finalist for teacher of the year, and Mr. Hendrick was a finalist for Principal of the Year.

B.              Items Introduced by School Board Attorney

Mr. Koperski stated that he had no report.

C.              Items Introduced by the Board

Ms. Flowers-1) She thanked Carol Cook for her work on the Florida School Boards Association Legislative Committee. 2) She thanked the Florida School Boards Association for their involvement and continuous updates on legislative issues. 3) She gave kudos to St. Petersburg for these summer activities: a) Success by Choice Employment and Entrepreneurship Expo for ages 16-24, with more than 100 in attendance at the Allstate Center on June 22nd. Some job offers were made; attending this expo is something that students were doing right. b) Deonte Thompson with Dreamfaith Foundation sponsored a Youth Empowerment Conference. c) Dr. Sherrie Hooker for her reading programs with The Caring for Girls program. 3) She thanked the R 'Club for their after school programs that support Summer Bridge. 4) She said that she is excited about the many professional development opportunities that are being offered this summer; including the Restorative Justice trainings facilitated by the area superintendents. 5) She said the school board will be reviewing the budget at their workshop today. 6) She is proud to work with the Pinellas Community Foundation; they are doing incredible work addressing the issues that surround childhood hunger in our community. Visit their website for details.

Ms. Lentino- 1) She acknowledged school board attorney David Koperski for his excellence and support of the board. 2) She attended a field trip with Melrose Elementary students to Astro Skate. 3) She attended the two groundbreaking ceremonies and said they were great. 4) She serves on the Pinellas Community Alliance; attended the Restorative Justice trainings; and sat in at Judge Patrice Moore's truancy court and understands the challenges of truancy. 5) She thanked the Elementary Education department for the updated Elementary Parent Guide for the Florida State Standards. 6) She toured Lealman Innovation Academy. 7) She attended the Foundation for a Healthy St. Pete, Speakers who Inspire series; David R. Williams, researcher and professor of public health, Harvard University, about socioeconomic status and health issues. 8) She stated that early education is critical; and once engaged, the importance of continuing that engagement for students throughout their years in public education.

Mrs. Cook- 1) She asked that everyone continue to reach out to legislators because there is still an opportunity to engage. 2) She assured the public that the District is fiscally responsible and we do figure out how to manage with the funds we are provided. We will continue to educate our children.

D.              Review of Board Requests

Dr.Corbett stated the following board request:

-share the screeening process for gifted students including the fidelity of the process

E.              School Board Meeting Evaluation

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

Pluses:

-everything

-teacher singing

Opportunities:

-off track on comments during adoption of agenda

XIV.              Adjournment

There being no further business to be brought before the board, the meeting was adjourned at 11:15 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, the following individuals shared their comments:

1. Ray Tampa

Mr. Tampa spoke about bullying in the workplace; he noted that Sharon Wilson filed a bullying complaint which was determined to be unfounded, but he does not believe there was a proper investigation.

2. Renee Long

Ms. Long spoke about her interest in increasing the African-American graduation rate and shared printed material  from her project with St. Petersburg College-It's Not Too Late To Graduate!

3. Matthias Byrd

Mr. Byrd is politically involved with the Pinellas County Democratic Black Caucus and he wants the District and the community to work together to improve resources for the underserved; especially children with no support system.

4. Judy Bayer

Ms. Bayer, retired principal from Manatee County, spoke in favor or Mr. Bob Gagnon, who is currently employed with the District as an assistant principal at St. Petersburg High School.

5. Kristopher Bayer

Mr. Bayer spoke of a former superintendent in Manatee County, who made allegations against Mr. Bob Gagnon; these accusations were unfounded. His concern is with misinformation in the media.

6. Charlie Kennedy

Mr. Kennedy, Manatee County School Board Member, spoke in favor of Mr. Bob Gagnon. He believes Mr. Gagnon to be a proven leader; and, the issue of bad publicity which causes harm to an individual.

7. Mark Klutho

Mr. Klutho spoke against charter schools and shared his environmental concerns.

8. Drake Scott

Mr. Scott shared his viewpoint on the history curriculum and its teachings about World War II and the Holocaust.

(He was advised that the state sets the curriculum.)

 

The session ended at 11:42 a.m.