June 11, 2019 Hernando School Board meeting highlights

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June 11, 2019 Hernando School Board meeting highlights

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 14:53
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by KATHRYN DENTATO
Hernando Sun Reporter

Invocation
Vice Chair Linda Prescott led the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance.

Adoption of Agenda
Jimmy Lodato made the motion to adopt the agenda. Gus Guadagnino seconded the motion. The agenda was approved with a 5-0 vote. 

Presentations
Gina Michalicka, Executive Director of Academic Services, explained the Reading Endorsement obtained by ten of the District’s teachers. In addition to completing the application portion with their students, teachers completed 300 hours of online instruction (five classes, each 60 hours) on their own time. The teachers and their administrators were recognized. 
Debbye Warrell of the Hernando County Education Foundation presented the list of donations for the Board’s approval. Donations were received from:

-The Charity Fund of Timber Pines, Inc.- $1,500 for Eastside Elementary
-Walmart - $1,000 to Hernando High School
-Havana Nights - $315 for the Parent Academy
-Saint Leo University - $1,000 for the Principal’s Lunch and United Way of Hernando’s Back to School Bash 
-Julie Sarr - $1,000 to Deltona Elementary (This was in addition to the $20,000 she donated for playground equipment. The playground will be dedicated to her husband.)

Guadagnino moved to approve the donations. Prescott seconded the motion. The items were approved unanimously. 

Approval of the Minutes
Lodato moved to approve the minutes from the Board’s three meetings on 05/28/19. Kay Hatch seconded the motion. It was approved with a 5-0 vote. 

Public Hearing
There was one item for the Board’s final approval, the 2019-2020 Staff Handbook. Board Attorney Denis Alfonso announced that the floor was open for public comment. No one approached. 
Lodato moved to approve Staff Handbook. Kay Hatch seconded the motion. It was approved with a 5-0 vote. 

Citizen Input (Green Forms)
There was no public comment. 

Adoption of Consent Agenda
Prescott requested to pull item #3745. Guadagnino requested to pull item #3749. Guadagnino moved to approve the remaining items on the Consent Agenda. Lodato seconded the motion. The modified Consent Agenda was approved with a 5-0 vote. Other items were previously pulled for discussion.

Modified consent agenda:
Personnel Recommendations
3770 : Approval of Personnel Recommendations Approved By Consent Vote [Unanimous]
All Other Academic Services Division Agenda Items    3799 : Approve Out of State Field Trip for 2 Nature Coast Technical High School Students to Attend the Great American NO BULL CHALLENGE Trip Prize Event. Approved By Consent Vote [Unanimous]

All Other Purchase Order/Bid Agenda Items

3725 : Approve the Renewal of the Piggyback to Sourcewell (Formerly National Joint Powers Alliance) and the Lodi, CA Unified School District RFP #01015 for Office, School and Other Workplace Related Supplies and Services, Awarded to Staples, Inc. and Authorize the Purchase of Goods and Services for an Estimated Annual Spending of $11,000.00 Approved By Consent Vote [Unanimous]

3746 : Approve Renewing Bid No. 15-910-18RN Pest Control Services to Bingham’s Professional Pest Management, Inc. and to Authorize the Use of the Services on an As-Needed Basis for an Estimated Annual Amount of $50,000.00 Approved By Consent Vote [Unanimous]

3747 : Award Bid No. 20-910-02: Air Conditioning Duct Cleaning & Sanitizing Services, to Balanced Mechanical & Plumbing Services, LLC, Cleaning & Restoration Services, Inc., Climate Control Mechanical Services, Inc., and Simpson Environmental Services, Inc., for the Goods and Services and Approve the Contract for an Estimated Annual Amount of $75,000.00 Approved By Consent Vote [Unanimous]

3756 : Award Bid No. 20-968-03: Electrical Repair & Services to McLeod Electric of Brooksville, Inc. and J.F. Electric, LLC for the Goods and Services and Approve the Contract for an Estimated Annual Amount of $500,000.00 Approved By Consent Vote [Unanimous]

3768 : Approve Renewal of Bid #16-990-33- RN: Inspection, Testing and Certification of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems to Piper Fire Protection, Inc. and Florida Fire Service, Inc. and Authorize the Purchase of Services for an Annual Estimated Amount of $20,000.00. Approved By Consent Vote [Unanimous]

3773 : Approve Renewal of Piggybacking the School District of Citrus County School Board, Ice Cream Products Bid #2017-35 for the Purchase of Ice Cream Products and Authorize Purchases as Needed for an Estimated Amount of $35,000.00 Approved By Consent Vote [Unanimous]

3774 : Approve the Purchase of Crosspointe Software Maintenance (TERMS) from Harris School Solutions for $181,907.38. Approved By Consent Vote [Unanimous]

3775 : Award Bid No. 0161-209-1901, Westside Elementary School Building #4 Roof Replacement, to Team Craft Roofing, Inc., and Approve the Contract and Authorize the Purchase of the Services in the Amount of $335,750.00 Approved By Consent Vote [Unanimous]

ITEMS REMOVED FROM CONSENT AGENDA FOR ACTION

Item #3735 - Approve the job description for Professional Development Specialist – Dr. Paula Clark, Supervisor of Federal Programs and Professional Development, answered questions from Board Chair Susan Duval about the salary increase and responsibility changes from Secretary III to the Specialist position. Clark said it combines the secretary and bookkeeper positions.  
 Lodato moved to approve this item. Hatch seconded it. Item #3735 was approved with a 5-0 vote. 

Item #3745 – Approve the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation. Prescott said this is a free program for middle and high school students.  Sandra Hurst, Coordinator of Mental Health, briefly explained the program which is implemented school wide. One program focuses on inclusion and connection to the school environment with SAVE clubs and activities. The second program is called Signs of Suicide and will begin in November or December. There is a Train the Trainer program which teaches what signs to look for and what to do when a youth is in crisis. 
Prescott moved to approve the MOU and Lodato seconded it. The item was approved with a 5-0 vote.

Item #3748 – Award a General Construction Services – Small Projects bid to three companies. Sean Arnold, Director of Support Operations said this is a new bid because of the way things are arranged and organized this year as opposed to last year. One project is the Maintenance Department’s fuel tank replacement. 
Hatch moved to approve this item. Guadagnino seconded it. The item was approved with a 5-0 vote.

Item #3749 – Award a bid for Excavating and Site Work. Arnold said the district usually has relatively small jobs but sometimes they have a large parking lot and would like the money available if it is needed. 
Lodato moved to approve this item and Guadagnino seconded it. The item was approved with a 5-0 vote. 

Item # 3769 – Renewal of a bid regarding fire equipment. Duval asked why there is an increase of approximately $20,000 over last year’s budget. Director of Fire, Safety and Security Bill Hall explained that is the normal budget request. Last year’s expenditures were only $17,808. 
Lodato moved to approve this item and Guadagnino seconded it. The item was approved with a 5-0 vote. 

Item #3771 – Renewing Bid to Bliss Produce. This request is almost double the amount of the bid from the previous year. Director of Food and Nutrition Services Lori Drenth explained that this was because of menu changes which will include “build your own salads” in high schools and will require more fruits and vegetables, and different varieties. 
Guadagnino moved to approve this item and Prescott seconded it. The item was approved unanimously. 

Citizen Input – Pink Forms
There were no public comments. 

Informational Agenda 
Michalicka returned to advise the Board about the agreement with the Early Learning Coalition to provide VPK services. During the summer, the VPK program was provided through private organizations. This year, the State is requiring the District to provide the VPK program’s 300 hours of instruction to students who have not used their vouchers. There are fewer than 20 students enrolled at this time. Deltona Elementary has other summer programs at the same time. The hours are from 7 am to 5 pm, Monday through Thursday.  

General Counsel
Board Attorney Denis Alfonso had not items to present.

School Board Comments

Kay Hatch was pleased with the District’s programs that help students be the best they can, including the reading program. She thanked Jim Lipsey for the details shared about the roof project. 

Linda Prescott thanked the teachers for their work on the reading programs. She praised teachers, parents and students who graduated for their accomplishments. 

Gus Guadagnino thanked Duval for the three great meetings of the day. 
Jimmy Lodato echoed Guadagnino’s comments and thanked the staff for their patience in explaining items. He thanked teachers for their work. 

Superintendent John Stratton commended teachers and students for their work toward a great graduation. He thanked everyone involved in the Mass Casualty Incident Training. Each agency learned something from it, he said. Central High School also hosted a Safety Summit. Stratton reminded the public about summer programs. 

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