Advertisement
  1. Gradebook

Hillsborough School Board will turn cameras on for two important workshops

Viewers can see the action on the website or TV
Hillsborough County School Board meeting [OCTAVO JONES | Times]
Published Jun. 19
Updated Jun. 19

Returning some - but not all - transparency to its governance, the Hillsborough County School Board will hold its next two workshops in the main board room, with cameras on.

On Thursday, they will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss the upcoming search for a superintendent to replace Jeff Eakins, who is retiring in June of 2020.

On Tuesday, June 25, also at 10 a.m., they will discuss student discipline - a huge topic for teachers in recent years - and the district’s relationship with the Florida State Fair.

The decision to televise the June 25 workshop was “based on the topic and the number of people we expect to either come to the workshop or be interested in it,” district spokeswoman Tanya Arja said in an email.

The Tampa Bay Times, which has been pushing for televised workshops ever since they were curtailed in February, had been in contact with several individuals and organizations who considered attending and doing their own live-streams. These included teacher activist and blogger Ryan Haczynski, the teachers’ union, the Whistleblower Facebook site, and educator April Cobb, who conducts web-based watch parties about diversity issues in the schools.

Since 2017 and the beginning of this year, workshops were televised routinely until, under the leadership of Tamara Shamburger, the district stopped televising both the workshops and the public comment section of their board meetings.

Arja said “there are no other changes,” which means public comment will still be omitted from the broadcast and live-stream of the 4 p.m. meeting on June 25.

All of these gatherings are open to the public and anyone who wishes to live-stream the 3:30 p.m. public comments is free to do so.

The district just renewed its contract with Tampa Bay Arts and Education to carry programming that includes school board meetings, at a cost to taxpayers of $148,000 a year. To see the meetings, viewers can go to the school district’s website or, on television, look for them at Spectrum Cable channel 635 or Frontier channel 32.

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. 21 minutes ago• Gradebook
    Hillsborough High School Senior Anthony Allen with principal Gary Brady, Principal U.S. Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine Sullivan, and schools superintendent Jeff Eakins. MARLENE SOKOL  |  Times staff
    Hillsborough accepts its share of a federal grant.
  2. Pasco School District headquarters in Land O' Lakes
    Steve Hegarty spent 10 years as Hillsborough schools public information officer before taking the police department post.
  3. Hillsborough County Superintendent Jeff Eakins, left, looks on while school board chair Tammy Shamburger speaks on newly raised concerns of a undiscovered cemetery for indigent African Americans that may be within the vicinity of King High School in Tampa, Florida on Friday, October 18, 2019.  OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
    A roundup of stories from around the state.
  4. Joanne Glenn, Pasco eSchool principal, addresses the eSchool faculty on opening day of teacher preplanning week in 2018. Pasco eSchool is launching its first online dual-enrollment courses in conjunction with Pasco-Hernando State College in the second semester.  GAIL DIEDERICH | Special to the Times
    Students will have access to two sections of two courses — microapplications and public speaking.
  5. Challenger K-8 School students, from left, Jeremy Gonzalez, 13, Jackson Hoyt, 12, Benjamin Harper, 12, and Gianni Labdar, 12, finish meals consisting of fresh salads, quesadillas and nachos during a lunch service on Oct. 15 at the school in Spring Hill during the county's Fresh from Florida Plate Day event. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Starting a farm-to-school initiative has been more complicated than district officials expected.
  6. The University of South Florida revealed a new plan for the school's consolidation Thursday morning. Unlike the first plan presented in September, it promises a high level of authority to leaders on campuses in St. Petersburg, shown here, and Sarasota. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
    Legislators who were critical of the original plan say a new approach revealed Thursday is more in line with their expectations.
  7. Florida K-12 Chancellor Jacob Oliva presents the state's second draft of academic standards revisions during an Oct. 17, 2017, session at Jefferson High School in Tampa. Gov. Ron DeSantis called for the effort in an executive order to remove the Common Core from Florida schools. JEFFREY SOLOCHEK  |  Times staff
    ‘Our third draft will look different from our second,’ the chancellor explains.
  8. Meaghan Leto, (center facing street), a speech therapist from Twin Lakes Elementary, protests over pay with the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association outside of a School Board meeting.
    A roundup of stories from around the state.
  9. Representatives from the Pasco County school district and the United School Employees of Pasco discuss salary and benefits during negotiations on Sept. 18, 2019. JEFFREY SOLOCHEK  |  Times Staff Writer
    As expected, the union rejected the district’s plan to add work for middle and high school teachers in exchange for more money.
  10. Pinellas County teachers and their allies rallied at major intersections in 2012 to protest legislative proposals. [Jim Damaske, Times]
    Details are still scant, but the House’s tone was one of being fiscally cautious as they evaluate DeSantis’ pitch to raise base teacher pay.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement