Pinellas County School Board              301 Fourth Street SW

                            Largo, FL  33770

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

 

              ~ Minutes ~              Ann Simonetti

 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017              10:00 AM              School Administration Building

 

I.              Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 10:01 a.m. on August 22, 2017, 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

Administrative Assistant and Clerk to the Board

Present

 

II.              Amendments to the Agenda

At this time, Dr. Grego stated that there were no amendments to the agenda.

III.              Adoption of Agenda

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

SECONDER:              Rene Flowers, Vice Chairperson

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

IV.              Invocation

Reverend James Sykes of Moore's Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 3037 Fairfield Ave. S., St. Petersburg, delivered the Invocation.

V.              Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance followed the Invocation.

              National Anthem

The National Anthem was sung by Andrew Kapsar, a student from East Lake High School.

              Video:  K-9 Roo:  A New Reading Partner For Students

The video highlighted Pinellas County Schools Police K-9 Roo visits second grade classrooms with the assistance of Officer Dave Harrison. The students read to Roo which helps students build their literacy skills and encourages a love of reading.

Officer Dave Harrison introduced Police K-9 Roo to the board.

 

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; Madeline Dunsizer, Arts for a Complete Education; and, Colleen Wright, Tampa Bay Times.

VII.              Presentation by Student Rights and Responsibilities:  East Lake High School

At this time, Ms. Lisa Wolf, public information officer, introduced the Student Rights & Responsibilities Committee representatives from East Lake High School. Jenaka Ducey, Markos Kampouroglou and James Bateman, Students Rights and Responsibilities representatives, addressed the board to share information regarding programs and achievements taking place at their school.

 

VIII.              Special Order Agenda

1.              Recognition of the Partnership Between the School Board of Pinellas County and Duke Energy  Supporting PCS STEM Academies, Presented by Laura Spence, K12 STEM Specialist

Ms. Laura Spence, K-12 STEM specialist, introduced Gregory Wright, Community Affairs Manager, and Jeff Baker, Government and Community Relations Manager with Duke Energy.

Ms. Spence shared that the funding support in the amount of  $212,000 provides each Title I school with the ability to offer a minimum of two after school STEM Academies held once a week for one hour.

 

2.              Introduction of Newly Appointed Administrators

Dr. Grego introduced the newly appointed administrators.

Kevin K. Hendrick, associate superintendent, teaching and learning services

Albert C. Bennett, director, athletics, PK-12 physical education, and health education programs and school wellness

Carlmon Jones, manager, talent acquisition

Melinda W. Sutton, managing officer, employee benefits, health, and worker's compensation

Carl Lavender, managing officer, workforce innovation, PTC

Coral C. Marsh, gifted education specialist

Lukas Hefty, K-5 mathematics specialist

Ashley H. Grimes, PK-12 physical education and health education specialist

They were greeted and congratulated by the board.

 

IX.              Public Comments on Agenda Items

There were no speakers signed up to address the board regarding specific agenda items:

X.              Unfinished Business

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Carol J. Cook, Board Member

SECONDER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

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

1.              Public Hearing to Consider the Amendment to Policy 2460 – EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION (This is the second reading. There have been no changes since the first reading.)

There were no speakers signed up to address the board at the public hearing to amend Policy 2460 - EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION.

Mr. David Koperski stated that there were no changes to the policy since the first reading. The amendments to the policy were discussed at the school board workshop on August 15, 2017.

 

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 July 18, 2017; the School Board Special Meeting of July 18, 2017; the School Board Regular Meeting of July 25, 2017; and, the Public Hearing on Tentative 2017/18 Millage Rates and District Budget of August 1, 2017

Approved, as submitted.

 

2.              Request Approval of Personnel Recommendations

Approved, as submitted.

 

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

Appointment approved- Jennifer D. Vragovic

 

4.              Request Approval of the Administrative Appointment of the Assistant Principal, Tyrone Middle School

Appointment approved- Joanne Leichman

 

5.              Request Approval of the Master Inservice Plan (MIP) for 2017/2018

Approved, as submitted.

 

6.              Request Approval of the Agreement Between School Board of Pinellas County and the Arts Conservatory for Teens

Approved, as submitted.

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

 

7.              Request Approval of Title I, Part A - Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged Project, $25,847,404.00

Approved, as submitted.

 

8.              Request Approval of Title I, Part D: Subpart 2 Neglected and Delinquent Project, $532,193.00

Approved, as submitted.

 

9.              Request Approval of Budget Amendment No. 8 (April 2017) to the District's 2016/17 Budget

Approved, as submitted.

 

10.              Request Approval of the Financial Statements for the Month Ending April 30, 2017

Approved, as submitted.

 

11.              Request Approval of the District’s Annual Property Records Inventory Report for the Fiscal Year 2016/17

This item was pulled by Ms. Lentino. Please refer to Item XII. Consent Agenda-Items Pulled.

 

12.              Request Approval to Retire Fixed Assets Reported Missing in 2016/17 for Two Consecutive Years

Approved, as submitted.

 

13.              Request Approval to Retire Fixed Assets Reported as Lost, Stolen, or Destroyed

Approved, as submitted.

 

14.              Request Approval to Submit a Grant Application for a Composite Manufacturing Program at Pinellas Technical College, Clearwater, Amount of Project:  $459,828.00

Approved, as submitted.

 

15.              Request Approval of the Commercial Lease Agreement Between the City Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs of St. Petersburg (Women’s Club) and the School Board of Pinellas County, Florida

Approved, as submitted.

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

 

16.              Request Approval to Enter Into a Contract With the Florida Fair Housing Corp for the Sale of Norwood Secondary School

Approved, as submitted.

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

 

17.              Request Approval to Enter Into a Contract With Broome Development, LLC. for the Sale of Palm Harbor Elementary School

Approved, as submitted.

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

 

18.              Request Approval of the Renewal for the Professional Services Continuing Contracts for Architectural Design for one Year Beginning September 22, 2017

Approved, as submitted.

 

19.              Request Approval of the Renewal for Professional Services Continuing Contracts for Electrical Design for one Year Beginning September 22, 2017

Approved, as submitted.

 

20.              Request Approval of the Renewal for the Professional Services Continuing Contracts for Mechanical Design for one Year Beginning September 22, 2017

Approved, as submitted.

 

21.              Request Approval of Fourth Quarter Submittal of Change Order Summaries

Approved, as submitted.

 

22.              Request Approval of Substantial Completion for Controls System Replacement as of June 22, 2017, at Dixie Hollins High School, Project No. 9079

Approved, as submitted.

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

 

23.              Request Approval of Substantial Completion for Controls System Replacement as of March 10, 2017, at Maximo Elementary School, Project No. 9066

Approved, as submitted.

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

 

24.              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 #170.)

 

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

Approved, as submitted.

 

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

Approved, as submitted.

 

27.              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 #170.)

 

XII.              Consent Agenda-Items Pulled

Consent Agenda Item # 11: Request Approval of the District's Annual Property Records Inventory Report for the Fiscal Year 2016/17

This item was pulled for discussion by Ms. Joanne Lentino.

Ms. Lentino stated that she had concerns about the inventory process and suggested that scanning might be used for all items on the inventory.

Mrs. Cook suggested this be discussed in depth at a workshop.

Mr. Kevin Smith shared that there are several types of inventories used in the district and he and his team can share detailed information about inventories at a workshop.

Mrs. Lerner stated that there is always opportunity for improvement.

Mrs. Krassner said that she understands there is a wide range of inventoried items.

It was moved by Ms. Lentino and seconded by Ms. Flowers; and, carried with a 7-0 vote to approve the item.

XIII.              Nonconsent

1.              Request Approval of Memorandum of Understanding With Lutheran Services, Florida,  Head Start and the School Board of Pinellas County

Mr. Hendrick, associate superintendent, teaching and learning services, spoke of the importance of quality early learning programs.

These memoranda of understanding were reviewed at the workshop on August 15, 2017.

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

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

SECONDER:              Carol J. Cook, Board Member

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

 

2.              Request Approval of the Lease Agreement With Lutheran Services, Florida, Inc., “Lutheran Services” and the School Board of Pinellas County

Mr. Kevin Hendrick, associate superintendent, teaching and learning services, spoke about the leased space at Midtown Academy where the Head Start program would be housed.

Ms. Rene Flowers said this is a great opportunity for families and thanked the administration for their work in providing this opportunity to the community.

This agreement was reviewed at the school board workshop on August 15, 2017.

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

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

SECONDER:              Eileen Long, Board Member

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 2250 – FUNDAMENTAL SCHOOLS, MAGNET PROGRAMS, AND CAREER ACADEMIES (This is the first reading.)

Mr. Bill Lawrence, director, student demographics, assignment and capacity, shared some of the changes being made to the district application programs that will take effect 2018-2019 school year. The updates are outlined in the agenda item.

These changes were reviewed at the school board workshop on August 15, 2017.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

SECONDER:              Eileen Long, Board Member

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 Policy 5410.01 - REQUIRED CORE CURRICULUM/PROMOTION/RETENTION/ACCELERATION - ELEMENTARY, Policy 5410.02 - REGULAR PROGRAM CORE CURRICULUM/PROMOTION/RETENTION/ACCELERATION – MIDDLE SCHOOL, Policy 5420.02 - REPORTING STUDENT PROGRESS – MIDDLE SCHOOL, Policy 5420.03 – REPORTING STUDENT PROGRESS AND CLASS RANKING – HIGH SCHOOL, Policy 5430 – CLASS RANK, Policy 5455 – FLORIDA’S BRIGHT FUTURES SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (This is the first reading.)

Mr. Kevin Hendrick, associate superintendent, teaching and learning services, noted some of the updates and shared that some are due to HB 7069.

These changes were reviewed at the school board workshop on August 15, 2017.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

SECONDER:              Eileen Long, Board Member

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

 

XIV.              New Business

A.              Items Introduced by Superintendent

Dr. Grego's report included the following:

1) He said this being the first school board meeting following the opening of schools; he wished to express his thanks to all involved who made the first day of school very smooth. He began his day at the Coachman Bus Compound and visited 11 schools throughout the day. He heard many positive comments throughout the day. He said that it was apparent that school teams were well prepared.

2) He shared that the professional development department had more than 5,000 teachers attend at least one professional development session this summer. There is an increase in the number of offerings that have an increased level of personalization. He encouraged school leaders to talk with their teachers about training that would best support their deliberate practice.

3) He noted that Largo Middle School's Principal Stephanie Joyner was the recipient of the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce Inspire Award. This award was presented by the Chamber's Women's Leadership Committee.

4) He shared that Rawlings Elementary School was recognized as one of the top 10 healthy schools in America. This recognition is from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation; the National Healthy School Gold Level Award. Nine other schools received Bronze or Silver level awards: Bay Point Middle, Highland Lakes Elementary, Westgate Elementary, Curlew Creek Elementary, Forest Lakes Elementary, Maximo Elementary, Mount Vernon Elementary, Safety Harbor Elementary, and Shore Acres Elementary.

5) He spoke about the students from Northeast High School's Academy of Finance who participated in a live finance transaction at Raymond James. About 80 students attended the day before school started; they were given a tour and instruction on how bonds and the Certificates of Participation process works. During the process, Pinellas County Schools was provided with almost $62 million in bonds to finance projects at the Career Academies of Seminole, Melrose Elementary, and Pinellas Park Middle School.

6) He said the Lunch Pals Mentoring program was selected in the elementary school level as a winner in the 2017 Florida Association of Partners in Education Community Engagement Volunteer Award. He thanked Ron Diner for starting this program.

7) He thanked Regions Bank for their donation of new shoes and socks that will go to students at Title I schools. The donations are part of the bank's Share the Good campaign.

8) He said that last Thursday and Friday he visited the following schools: Clearwater High, Azalea and Largo Middle schools, Sexton, North Shore, New Heights, Ponce de Leon and Mildred Helms elementary schools. On Wednesday he attended the Career Education Board meeting at the Pinellas Education Foundation. On Thursday evening he attended the annual Bridging the Achievement Gap Banquet, hosted by Mr. James Feazell and his BTG committee. He thanked the Feazell's for their work in the community. On Saturday, he gave the welcoming address at the PCCPTA Fall workshop; it was a very well attended event.

B.              Items Introduced by School Board Attorney

Mr. Koperski stated that he had no board report.

C.              Items Introduced by the Board

Ms. Flowers- 1) She attended the inaugural Pinellas Technical College Alumni Association meeting; and, while there a young female alumni spoke about her journey which led to opening her own automotive shop. 2) She spoke about the great work of Mr. James Feazell and his Bridging the Achievement Gap program in Largo. Dr. Grego also attended the August 18 banquet and she thanked him for doing so. 3) She shared that her AKA group will distribute backpacks and uniforms at Campbell Park and Maximo elementary schools tonight at 6pm and at Fairmount Park on Thursday, August 24, at 6 pm. 4) She spoke about the amount of state money that schools are receiving and said that it is not enough; but, the district will make it work. She suggested citizens continue to contact legislators.

Ms. Lentino- 1) She attended a forum with the NAACP-St. Petersburg addressing racism and bigotry. The panel was well versed. She encouraged the continuation of character education in classrooms and those in the community need to continue to try to work together. 2) She spoke about the retirement of Mr. James and Mrs. Gwen Feazell and their work with their Bridging the Achievement Gap program that they ran in Largo for thirteen years, and how that community worked together to help students. 3) She attended the PCCPTA fall workshop on Saturday, August 19th at Pinellas Park High; she said it was great. 4) She spoke of the award received by Principal Joyner at Largo Middle School; the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce Inspire Award. 5) She spoke about some technical difficulties recently experienced by students taking a computer test. 6) She referenced HB 7069 and how it addresses school board members and school visitations without notice; she feels it is a more organic experience.

Mrs. Cook- She referenced Ms. Lentino's comment on school visitations and said it would be a good topic to discuss during leadership at a board workshop.

Mrs. Lerner- 1) She referenced school visits and said that she calls ahead because she wants to know that the principal is going to be there; and when she arrives she asks to see specific programs at the school. 2) She attended the PCCPTA fall workshop on Saturday and said it was wonderful. The program offerings have really grown and lots of support organizations are in attendance. She attended two workshops-one called Ending the Silence and LGBTQ.

Mrs. Long-1) She shared that she participated in the District Wide Training on August 3rd. 2) She spoke about the young people who recently lost their lives while driving at high speeds in a stolen car. She said that we all need to try to push students to achieve to their potential, to engage them and keep them involved in school.

Ms. Lentino- She commented on Mrs. Long's remarks and said that we need to look at back issues of students who have had offenses with the law and how we can help them turn things around. It takes the whole village. She believes one of the key issues is to encourage young boys to read.

D.              Review of Board Requests

Dr. Corbett shared the following board request:

-to discuss the property records inventory at a board workshop

E.              School Board Meeting Evaluation

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

Pluses:

-smooth meeting

Opportunities:

-control valve noise

XV.              Adjournment

There being no further business to be brought before the School Board; this meeting adjourned at 11:27 a.m.

 

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Chairperson

 

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Superintendent and Ex-Officio Secretary

XVI.              Public Speakers

The following individuals addressed the board to share their comments:

1. Lenore Faulkner

Ms. Faulkner shared her personal experiences.

2. Gerald Goen

Mr. Goen spoke about the impact climate change has on the rising sea level and need for alternative energy. (He sent a detailed packet of information for each board member prior to the meeting.)

3. Mike Gandolfo (PCTA)

He shared his congratulations for an excellent school opening; commented on the lack of state funding; the great support from Pinellas County taxpayers with the referendum dollars and millage to support public health. He asked the district to join the lawsuit against the state for HB 7069.

4. Melissa Gallivan

Mrs. Gallivan spoke about school start times and the positive impact of starting high school later in the day. (She emailed the board prior to the meeting on this topic.)

Mrs. Krassner spoke to Mr. Gandolfo's comments and said we will never give up the fight but at this point she is unsure if a lawsuit is the route to go; the superintendent and school board attorney are continuing to review it.

Mrs. Lerner spoke to Mrs. Gallivan's comments and said the district uses a tiered busing schedule and it may not be feasible to make changes. A number of years ago a survey was done regarding later high school start times and the proposed time changes to elementary and middle grades and the overwhelming response was to keep it the same.

 

The session ended at 11:43 a.m.