by KATHRYN DENTATO
Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
Vice Chair Linda Prescott asked the members of the audience to remember the safety of teachers, students and staff and have a successful end of the year. Students from Moton Elementary led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Adoption of Agenda
Board Chair Susan Duval removed Item #3645 (Amendment to Bid No. 17-505-36 Transportation Management System) from the Agenda. Board member Kay Hatch moved to approve the remaining items on the agenda. Gus Guadagnino seconded the motion. The agenda was approved 5-0.
Student Representative to the Board
Ryan Bradley was absent from the meeting.
Presidential Proclamation – World Autism Awareness Day (April 2, 2019): Director of Exceptional Student Education and Student Services Jill Kolasa explained April is Autism Awareness Month. April 2, 2019 was designated World Autism Day. Many people around the world wore the color blue and blue lights shone on some landmarks. Kolasa read President Trump’s proclamation.
Guadagnino made the motion to approve the proclamation. Jimmy Lodato seconded the motion. It was approved 5-0.
Donations – Hernando County Education Foundation, Tammy Brinker
The following schools received donations:
Fox Chapel Middle School
Deltona Elementary School
Spring Hill Elementary School
Adopt-a-Classroom gifts were made to classrooms in Winding Waters K-8 and Moton Elementary
Three grants were awarded:
Escape Room Kit/Breakout Box – $96.60
Ed Camp Hernando (professional learning) – $1,096.00
Social Media Certification – $3,500.00
Guadagnino moved to approve the donations and Lodato seconded the motion. It was approved 5-0.
Approval of Minutes from the 03/12/19 Meeting – Lodato moved to approve the minutes and Hatch seconded the motion. It was approved 5-0.
Public Hearing Item
Final approval of the Exceptional Student Education Policies and Procedures (SP&Ps) that cover the current school year through 2020-2021. The board members were advised of the SP&Ps when it was discussed at the workshop on 03/12/19.
The public was invited to speak on the item, but no one addressed the school board.
Guadagnino made the motion to approve the SP&Ps. Hatch seconded the motion. It was approved 5-0.
Expulsion Recommendations – There were two students recommended for expulsion for one year. The board members voted 5-0 to expel each student.
Citizen Input – There was no citizen input during this time.
Adoption of Consent Agenda
Several items were pulled from the Consent Agenda for discussion. Guadagnino moved to approve the remaining items on the Consent Agenda. Lodato made the second. The amended Consent Agenda was approved with a 5-0 vote.
Consent Agenda items approved by consent vote:
1. 3637 : Approval of Personnel Recommendations
2. 3620 : Approve Memorandum of Understanding for Use of Facilities in the Event of an Emergency or Disaster
6. 3622 : Approve the Purchase of Curriculum and Certification Exams from Certification Partners LLC and Issuance of Purchase Order for an Estimated Amount of $4,750
9. 3631 : Approve the Purchase of Curriculum and Certification Exams from Certification Partners, LLC and Issuance of Purchase Order for an Estimated Amount of $4,000.00.
10. 3636 : Approve the Amendment to Bid No. 18-615-03RA, Miscellaneous Office and Instructional Supplies (Warehouse Delivery) to Award One (1) Item to School Specialty
11. 3638 : Award Bid No. 19-031-25 Air Conditioning Filters to the Ware Group Dba Johnstone Supply, Trane Supply and Andrews Filter & Supply Corp., and Approve the Contract and the Purchase of the Goods for and Estimated Annual Amount of $45,000.00
12. 3639 : Award Bid No. 19-285-26, Electrical Parts, Supplies & Equipment, to City Electric Supply and Mayer Electric Supply and Approve the Contract and the Purchase of the Goods for an Estimated Annual Amount of $80,000.00
Items Removed from the Consent Agenda
3572 : Award Bid #19-918-20 “Emergency Response & Disaster Recovery- Emergency Shelter Recovery Services” to EE&G Construction and Electrical, LLC. for Emergency Shelter Recovery Services for an Estimated Amount to be Determine by the Post Disaster Recovery Assessment.
Director of Fire, Safety and Security Bill Hall advised that of all the companies that offered a bid, only EE&G Construction and Electrical, LLC could provide the personnel needed. Hall said that, in order to reimburse the district for costs incurred for recovery services, FEMA requires a contract to be established prior to an emergency.
The budget impact for disasters varies. The district was reimbursed by FEMA for the costs from Irma. Reimbursement from the State of Florida is pending.
Lodato moved to approve the item. Prescott seconded it. The item was approved 5-0.
3573 : Award Bid # 19-918-18 Emergency Response & Disaster Recovery- Vegetative Debris Removal Services to Ameri-Green Environmental Recycling, LLC., Custom Tree Care, Inc., TFR Enterprise, Inc., Graham County Land Company, LLC. for an Estimated Amount to be Determined by the Post Disaster Recovery Assessment.
Item 3573: Hall stated there were no local companies that submitted a bid for the removal of vegetative debris. The company selected is Ameri-Green Environmental Recycling, LLC., Custom Tree Care, Inc., TFR Enterprise, Inc., Graham County Land Company, LLC. Superintendent John Stratton said he was appreciative that Hall was being proactive in obtaining the contracts.
Guadagnino moved to approve the item. Prescott seconded. The item was approved 5-0.
3590 : Approve the Purchase of Driver’s Education Permit Testing Codes and Florida Traffic and Substance Abuse Education Test Codes from Sun-Coast Traffic School, Judy Blesie Florida Driver Training Services, LLC in the Amount of $49,000.00. Approved [Unanimous]
Item 3590: Hernando eSchool Principal Zana Brooks said the district’s Driver’s Education Course has approximately 600-700 students. She requested $49,000 to obtain testing codes from Sun-Coast Traffic School, Judy Blesie Florida Driver Training Services, LLC. This covers 980 students, Brooks said. The current fee through Florida Virtual School is approximately double this cost.
Guadagnino made the motion to approve the item. Lodato seconded it. The item was approved 5-0.
3624 : Accept Final Close Out Documents and Final Payment to the Contractor Collis Roofing, Inc., in the Amount of $13,173.70 for Hernando High School Bldg #24 Roof Replacement #CI7-JE-10
Lodato requested this item to be pulled so he could thank Jim Lipsey, Manager of Planning, Design, and Construction for sharing pictures of Hernando High School’s completed roof and additions. Lodato stated this was one of the important projects that the Half-Cent Sales Tax was used for.
Lodato made the motion to approve this item. Prescott seconded it. The item was approved 5-0.
3630 : Accept Final Close Out Documents and Final Payment to the Contractor Roof USA, in the Amount of $116,753.60 for Pine Grove Elementary School Roof Replacement and Designated Repairs #CI7-JE-04
Item 3630: Lodato thanked Lipsey for this project completion also. Lodato recognized Gregg Laskoski for the accountability of the funds managed by the Half-Cent Sales Committee.
Prescott made the motion for this item’s approval. Lodato seconded it. The item was approved 5-0.
Addendum Items – There were no items discussed.
Cheryl Paradis gave the board members an update on 4th Grade Program data at the Springs Coast Environmental Education Center. There have been 42 field trips this year with a total of 1510 students. The children learned about a scrub habitat, the percentage of water on the earth and how much is easily accessible. Pre- and post-tests show a 59% increase in learning.
Vince La Borante advised that the Florida Education Association has had a change in leadership. The current campaign is “Fund Our Future.” The goal is to convince the legislature to increase basic allocation for each student. On Wednesdays, members and nonmembers can take pictures as they wear “Red for Ed.” Pictures can be sent to the FEA. They will be forwarded to the legislature to show the community partnership.
April 17 is the Education Association’s next day of action. La Borante said they have combined the concepts of sit-in or a walkout and will have a “walk-in.” He said there would be no interference with the learning process, but that assembled groups at the school sites would walk in unity to show the desire to obtain more money for the schools. La Borante said this is not a protest and will not reflect anything negative about the district.
John Morris, Supervisor of Secondary Programs, was called to answer questions from the Board about the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Eckerd Connects as CareerSource Pasco to provide workforce development services to Central High School. This is the first year of the program. Duval said she would like to see the program expand to other high schools.
Board attorney Denis Alfonso presented the Supplemental School Resource Officer (SRO) agreements between two charter schools, Gulf Coast Academy of Science and Technology and Gulf Coast Middle School, and with Brooksville Engineering, Science, and Technology Academy (B.E.S.T.).
Guadagnino made the motion to approve the item. Prescott seconded it. The agreements were approved with a 5-0 vote.