Press Releases

  • Students in Hillsborough County Public Schools Outperform State in Math Assessment Scores, Continue to Close Achievement Gap 

    Posted by Tanya Arja / Erin Maloney on 6/29/2022 4:55:00 PM

    For Immediate Release 

    Contact:          Tanya Arja or Erin Maloney 
                             Hillsborough County Public Schools  
                             Office of Communications 
                             813-272-4060 

    Tampa, Fl. (June 29, 2022) – Hillsborough County Public Schools students demonstrated impressive achievements in newly-released statewide Mathematics assessment results, outperforming students across the state in Mathematics and broadly sustaining scores in English Language Arts (ELA).  

    The educational experience for many children was unique with pandemic-related disruptions and other stressors that contributed to learning loss in all grade bands. With a strong focus on accelerated learning this academic year, Hillsborough County Public Schools students attained scores in Mathematics higher than their peers across the state while also closing the achievement gap by 2 percentage points in both Math and ELA assessments. 

    “We celebrate not only our students who persevered through the most difficult educational environment in recent history, but also our teachers, support staff, school-based leaders, administrators, and families who inspired our learners toward a path to success. This is a victory for our entire community, proving that if we stand together to lift our children up, we will achieve outstanding outcomes together,” said Superintendent Addison Davis. 

    Key Takeaways from Florida Standards Assessments and EOC Assessments 

    • 3rd to 8th grade Mathematics (FSA and EOC’s combined) performance increased by 4 percentage points (49% to 53%.) 
    • Algebra 1 performance increased by 6 percentage points (49% to 55%), which is higher than the state average. 
    • Our district ranked #1 among comparable contiguous districts for first time Algebra test takers. 
    • Geometry performance increased by 5 percentage points (47% to 52%). 
    • 3rd to 10th grade ELA performance was maintained (50%). 
    • African American student performance increased by 6% in Mathematics. 
    • Students from economically disadvantaged families increased performance by 6% in Mathematics. 
    • Hispanic student performance jumped by 6% in Mathematics. 
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  • HCTA Bargaining

    Posted by Tanya Arja / Erin Maloney on 6/27/2022 11:00:00 AM

    For Immediate Release 

    Contact:          Tanya Arja or Erin Maloney 
                             Hillsborough County Public Schools  
                             Office of Communications 
                             813-272-4060 

    Tampa, Fl. (June 27, 2022) – Hillsborough County Public Schools and the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association (HCTA) will hold a negotiation session on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, beginning at 9 a.m.  

    The bargaining session pertains to instructional staff and support staff and will be held at the HCTA Pro Learning Center located at 3102 N. Habana Ave., Tampa. 

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  • Health Insurance Committee Meeting 

    Posted by Tanya Arja / Erin Maloney on 6/27/2022 9:48:00 AM

    For Immediate Release 

    Contact:          Tanya Arja or Erin Maloney 
                             Hillsborough County Public Schools  
                             Office of Communications
                             813-272-4060 

    Tampa, Fla. – (June 27, 2022) – Hillsborough County Public Schools’ Health Insurance Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 29, beginning at 1 p.m. to discuss the district’s 2023 health insurance renewal.  The meeting will take place through Teams. For any interested media, please contact the Communications Office for the Teams information.  

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  • Board Members in the Community: June 25-July 1, 2022

    Posted by Tanya Arja / Erin Maloney on 6/23/2022 4:33:00 PM

    For Immediate Release 

    Contact:           Tanya Arja or Erin Maloney
                             Hillsborough County Public Schools  
                             Office of Communications 
                             813-272-4060 

    Tampa, Fla. – (June 23, 2022) – One or more Hillsborough County School Board members are scheduled to attend the following events or meetings: 

    • Saturday, June 25, 11:45 a.m. – Friends of the Children Achievement Ceremony, Game Time Tampa, 1600 E. 8th Ave., Tampa 
    • Monday, June 27, 11 a.m. – Hispanic Forum, Virtual 
    • Tuesday, June 28, 8:30 a.m. – School Board Retreat, 201 N. Franklin St., Tampa 
    • Wednesday, June 29, 9 a.m. – Hillsborough County African American Task Force, Virtual  
    • Thursday, June 30, 6 p.m. – Town Hall Meeting, Newsome High School,16550 FishHawk Blvd., Lithia 
    • Friday, July 1, 10:30 a.m. – Gentleman’s Quest of Tampa, 13707 N. 22nd St., Tampa 
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  • Hillsborough County School Board Votes Unanimously to Renew Superintendent Addison Davis’ Contract Until 2027 

    Posted by Tanya Arja / Erin Maloney on 6/21/2022 7:49:00 PM

    For Immediate Release 

    Contact:           Tanya Arja or Erin Maloney  
                              Hillsborough County Public Schools  
                              Office of Communications 
                              813-272-4060  

    Tampa, Fl. (June 21, 2022) – The Hillsborough County School Board voted unanimously tonight to extend Superintendent Addison Davis’ contract until June 2027. Board Members cited key educational and financial successes along with an overwhelming need for stability as reasons for the extension and vote of confidence. 

    Superintendent Davis began leading Hillsborough County Public Schools in March of 2020, the same week schools began shutting down in Florida and across the country due to the pandemic. Davis performed the challenging task of transitioning the 7th largest school district in the nation from in-person to virtual learning, all while ensuring students’ physical, social, and emotional needs were addressed during a worldwide health emergency.  

    During this challenging time in education, the number of chronically underperforming schools in Hillsborough County was reduced by half, signaling increased student performance in our most vulnerable schools.  

    Superintendent Davis has successfully developed several initiatives that will lay the groundwork for the district’s stronger future, including overcoming a remarkable two-year turnaround of a decades-long operational deficit. This financial turnaround coupled with innovative ideas to drive student achievement in areas like workforce development and expanded mental health supports are key reasons Board Members are confident Superintendent Davis must continue this work and lead Hillsborough County Public Schools. 

    “This was truly one of the most challenging times our educational system has ever experienced. Superintendent Davis is just hitting his stride as we move forward from the pandemic. Our community needs a strong leader with new, bold ideas to serve students and families in one of the largest school districts in the nation,” said Board Chair Nadia Combs. 

    “I am humbled to be a part of a diverse Tampa Bay community that continually places children as our greatest priority. I want to extend my gratitude to the School Board for allowing me the privilege to continue serving our students, families, teachers, staff, and school-based leaders. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to champion new initiatives enhancing academic outcomes, strengthening the well-being of our students and employees, launching innovative solutions for workforce development, and expanding early childhood,” said Superintendent Addison Davis. 

    Accomplishments to date over the last two years: 

    • Turned around the largest financial deficit that the state of Florida has recognized; 
    • Improved graduation rates; 
    • Transformed and recentralized instructional continuity within the 7th largest school district in the nation (district was decentralized causing financial stress, instability of support, isolated areas of focus, and lack of ability to determine return of investment); 
    • Successfully navigated the district through one of the most historic and challenging times in the nation due to the COVID-19 pandemic; 
    • Eliminated historical low performing schools from “28 to 14” during a pandemic; 
    • Transformed our school district through the lens of technology: moving from an antiquated and significantly deficient system to an innovative technology-rich learning environment;  
    • Expanded accelerated pathways for students by aggressively adding Cambridge AICE and Montessori programs;  
    • Expanded workforce development, Dual Language, Mental Health Services, Hispanic leadership pipeline, Principal’s Council, STAC, FACE, Community Schools, Community Outreach, Early Childhood, African American Taskforce, Spanish Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, and the list continues. 
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  • Board Members in the Community: June 20-25, 2022

    Posted by Tanya Arja / Erin Maloney on 6/16/2022 5:30:00 PM

    For Immediate Release 

    Contact:           Tanya Arja or Erin Maloney 
                             Hillsborough County Public Schools  
                             Office of Communications 
                             813-272-4060 

    Tampa, Fla. – (June 16, 2022) – One or more Hillsborough County School Board members are scheduled to attend the following events or meetings: 

    • Monday, June 20, 1:30 p.m. – AVID Summer Institute, Tampa Convention Center, S. Franklin St., Tampa 
    • Tuesday, June 21, 4 p.m. – School Board Meeting, School Board Auditorium, 901 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa 
    • Saturday, June 25, 11:45 a.m. – Friends of the Children Achievement Ceremony, Game Time Tampa, 1600 E. 8th Ave., Tampa 
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  • Board Members in the Community: June 10-20, 2022

    Posted by Tanya Arja / Erin Maloney on 6/9/2022 2:26:00 PM

    For Immediate Release 

    Contact:           Tanya Arja or Erin Maloney 
                             Hillsborough County Public Schools  
                             Office of Communications 
                             813-272-4060 

    Tampa, Fla. – (June 9, 2022) – One or more Hillsborough County School Board members are scheduled to attend the following events or meetings: 

    • Friday, June 10, 9 a.m. – FSBA/FADSS Annual Summer Conference, Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa 
    • Saturday, June 11, 10:30 a.m. – TOBA Leadership Institute TL1 Final Project, HCC Ybor, 2001 N. 14th St., Tampa 
    • Monday, June 13, 9:30 a.m. – Susan Valdes Government Affairs Update,  2221 N. Himes Ave., Suite B, Tampa 
    • Tuesday, June 14, 10 a.m. – School Board Workshop, Instructional Services Center, 2920 N. 40th St., Tampa 
    • Tuesday, June 14, noon – President’s Luncheon, Carol Morsani Hall, 1010 N. Macinnes Place, Tampa 
    • Wednesday, June 15, 8 a.m. – Raise the Flag/Juneteenth, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa 
    • Monday, June 20, 1:30 p.m. – AVID Summer Institute, Tampa Convention Center, S. Franklin St., Tampa 
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  • HSEF Negotiations 

    Posted by Tanya Arja / Erin Maloney on 6/9/2022 1:52:00 PM

    For Immediate Release 

    Contact:          Tanya Arja or Erin Maloney 
                             Hillsborough County Public Schools  
                             Office of Communications 
                             813-272-4060  

    Tampa, Fl. (June 9, 2022) – Hillsborough County Public Schools and the Hillsborough School Employees Federation (HSEF) will hold a negotiation session on Tuesday, June 14, beginning at 2 p.m. 

    This session is scheduled at the HSEF Office located at 5126 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa. HSEF represents instructional support employees in the areas of transportation, student nutrition services, security, and custodial services. 

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  • Five Graduates of Hillsborough County Public Schools Earned Perfect K-12 Attendance  

    Posted by Tanya Arja / Erin Maloney on 6/7/2022 6:53:00 PM

    For Immediate Release 

    Contact:          Tanya Arja or Erin Maloney 
                             Hillsborough County Public Schools  
                             Office of Communications 
                             813-272-4060  

    Tampa, Fl. (June 7, 2022) – Five graduates of Hillsborough County Public Schools were honored for achieving perfect attendance during their entire educational career, from kindergarten through 12th grade. Each student attended 2,340 consecutive school days: that’s 180 days for 13 straight years.   

    To mark this impressive achievement, these five students were guests at tonight’s School Board meeting where they received a brand-new laptop through our Partners in Education program and a $500 scholarship from Suncoast Credit Union Foundation. The students with perfect attendance are: 

    Student 

    School  

    Justin Perez 

    Jefferson High School 

    Paris Marozzelli 

    Plant High School 

    Abigail Jones 

    Sickles High School 

    Tanner Jones 

    Sickles High School 

    Makalah Kennedy 

    Strawberry Crest High School 

    “These phenomenal students have illustrated their commitment to education and excellence by reaching this impressive milestone. Their persistence and determination is impressive, and these qualities will serve them well as they transition to their postsecondary careers. I commend not only these outstanding learners, but their parents for their unending support and encouragement throughout the last 13 years,” said Superintendent Addison Davis. 

    Below is a photo of the five students along with School Board Chair Nadia Combs, Superintendent Addison Davis, Cindy Helton with Suncoast Credit Union Foundation, and School Board Members Lynn Gray, Henry "Shake" Washington, Karen Perez, and Dr. Stacy Hahn.

    2021-2022 Perfect Attendance Students

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  • Board Members in the Community: June 7-11, 2021

    Posted by Tanya Arja / Erin Maloney on 6/2/2022 10:27:00 AM
    For Immediate Release 

    Contact:           Tanya Arja or Erin Maloney 
                             Hillsborough County Public Schools  
                             Office of Communications 
                             813-272-4060 

    Tampa, Fla. – (June 2, 2022) – One or more Hillsborough County School Board members are scheduled to attend the following events or meetings:

    • Tuesday, June 7, 10 a.m. – HCPS Commissioner’s Awards Reception- Celebrating volunteers, organizations, and programs in HCPS, School Board Building - Room 212D, 901 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa
    • Tuesday, June 7, 4 p.m. – School Board Meeting, School Board Auditorium, 901 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa
    • Wednesday, June 8, 9 a.m. – FSBA/FADSS Annual Summer Conference, Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa
    • Thursday, June 9, 7:30 a.m. - Central Florida Public School Boards Coalition Breakfast Meeting,Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa
    • Thursday, June 9, 9 a.m. – FSBA/FADSS Annual Summer Conference, Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa
    • Friday, June 10, 9 a.m. – FSBA/FADSS Annual Summer Conference, Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa
    • Saturday, June 11, 10:30 a.m. – TOBA Leadership Institute TL1 Final Project, HCC Ybor, 2001 N. 14thSt., Tampa
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