Press Releases

  • Board Members in the Community: Jan. 16-21, 2021

    Posted by Tanya Arja / Erin Maloney on 1/14/2022 11:45:00 AM

    For Immediate Release 

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

     Tampa, Fla. – (January 14, 2022) – One or more Hillsborough County School Board members are scheduled to attend the following events or meetings: 

    • Sunday, January 16, 7 a.m. – MLK Leadership Breakfast, 1206 N. Park Rd., Plant City 
    • Monday, January 17, 6:45 a.m. – 42nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Breakfast, 505 Water St., Tampa 
    • Monday, January 17, 11 a.m. – Tampa MLK Parade, 2901 N. 15th St., Tampa 
    • Tuesday, January 18, 10 a.m. – School Board Workshop, 901 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa  
    • Thursday, January 20, 4:30 p.m. – 2022 Excellence in Education Awards, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. Macinnes Pl., Tampa 
    • Friday, January 21, 11 a.m. – 2022 State of the Region Community Luncheon, 200 6th Avenue S., St. Petersburg 
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  • Board Members in the Community: Jan. 8-17, 2022

    Posted by Tanya Arja / Erin Maloney on 1/7/2022 3:30:00 PM

    For Immediate Release

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

    Tampa, Fla. – (January 7, 2022) – One or more Hillsborough County School Board members are scheduled to attend the following events or meetings: 

    • Saturday, January 8, 11 a.m. – Plant City MLK Parade, Downtown Plant City  
    • Monday, January 10, 6 p.m. – Citizens Advisory Committee, Virtual 
    • Tuesday, January 11, 4 p.m. – School Board Meeting, School Board Auditorium, 901 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa 
    • Sunday, January 16, 7 a.m. – MLK Leadership Breakfast, 1206 N. Park Rd., Plant City  
    • Monday, January 17, 6:45 a.m. - 42nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Breakfast, 505 Water Street, Tampa 
    • Monday, January 17, 11 a.m. – Tampa MLK Parade, 2901 N. 15th St., Tampa 
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  • Graduation Rates Reach the Highest Level in the History of Hillsborough County Public Schools 

    Posted by Tanya Arja / Erin Maloney on 1/4/2022 6:55:00 PM

    For Immediate Release 

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

    Tampa, Fl. (January 4, 2022) – Hillsborough County Public Schools is celebrating an incredible achievement even amid a pandemic, with a graduation rate of 89.2%. This number represents the highest graduation rate in our district's history - capping off two consecutive years of graduation gains during one of the most tumultuous times in our educational system.  

    The majority of our high schools demonstrated tremendous accomplishments throughout this past school year due to the ongoing commitment from school-based leaders, teachers, counselors, and support professionals. Highlights include: 

    • Spoto High School has for the first time in its history reached a 92.1% graduation rate. This represents a 7.2 percentage point year-to-year increase, the largest improvement in the district.  
    • Armwood High School demonstrated a 5.5 percentage point year-to-year increase with an 87.9% graduation rate.  
    • Leto High School now has a 96.5% graduation rate, the highest graduation rate in this school's history.  
    • King High School has increased to 89.7%, also the highest in the school's history.  
    • Newsome High School once again has the distinction of the highest graduation rate in our district at 98.9%, an increase again from last year. 

    “I am so excited for our community and our organization for obtaining the highest graduation rate in district history. This is in direct correlation to the hard work and dedication exhibited by our students, caregivers, teachers, school leaders, school counselors, support professionals, and district staff. We will continue to work tirelessly to prepare full option graduates that can have an immediate impact on our community,” said Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Addison Davis.
      
    Hillsborough County Public Schools continue to narrow the achievement gap in key areas, including:  

    • African American students had a 1.9 percentage point increase in graduation rates, rising almost 10 percentage points in the last 5 years.  
    • Hispanic learners achieved a 7.4 percentage point increase over the last 5 years.  
    • Students with disabilities have steadily increased their graduation rates 16.6 percentage points over the last 5 years.  
    • Economically disadvantaged students illustrated impressive gains, with a 3.9 percentage point year-over-year jump - 9 percentage points over 5 years

     
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  • PetCo CEO Donates $900,000 to Kenly Elementary for Innovative College Readiness Initiative

    Posted by Tanya Arja / Erin Maloney on 12/15/2021 5:10:00 PM

    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Tanya Arja or Erin Maloney
                    Office of Communications
                    813-272-4060

    Tampa, Fl. (December 15, 2021) – A generous $900,000 donation over the next five years from PetCo Health and Wellness Company CEO Ron Coughlin will create an innovative college readiness program at Kenly Elementary with intense wraparound supports for students and families throughout their educational careers. This long-term partnership is in honor of Mr. Coughlin’s late uncle Robert Patterson who devoted much of his life to making a difference at Kenly Elementary.

    The program will be called Kenly College Institute, modeled after a successful initiative Mr. Coughlin developed in San Diego, where PetCo is based. Kenly College Institute will originally include 30 students and is expected to grow over a five-year period. Services and support will include daily tutoring, college exposure through campus visits, career pathway coaching, and a number of learning enrichment opportunities to prepare students for postsecondary education.

    The media is invited to Kenly Elementary on Thursday, December 16, at 3:15pm for a press conference and ribbon cutting with Mr. Coughlin and the students in the program. They will be unveiling a new classroom and mural dedicated to the institute.

    “Ron Coughlin and PetCo have established a program for our learners at Kenly that will truly last a lifetime. The critical academic, social, and emotional supports provided to students and families through this cutting-edge institute will prepare learners for college and the careers of tomorrow. We deeply appreciate Mr. Coughlin for this incredible donation and thank his uncle for his lifelong dedication to helping children in our district,” said Superintendent Addison Davis.

    “The students and staff at Kenly Elementary are fortunate to have an incredible community partner like Mr. Coughlin. His generosity will have a lasting impact for generations, as each student in this program will now have increased support in every facet of their academic experience. This is truly a game-changer for students at Kenly, and we can’t wait to see the results,” said Board Member Shake Washington.

    “This partnership will be transformational for the children and families of the Kenly community, as it wraps services and supports around our students from elementary, to graduation, and beyond. This long-term support will open doors of opportunity and possibility for our high needs families and will create and sustain a robust pipeline of first-generation college graduates from Kenly Elementary. We are beyond grateful to Ron Coughlin and his team for the unprecedented level of personal and financial support of one of our most vulnerable schools,” said Shaylia McRae, Chief of Transformation Network.

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  • Board Members in the Community: Dec 11, 2021-Jan 8, 2022

    Posted by Tanya Arja / Erin Maloney on 12/10/2021 4:50:00 PM

    For Immediate Release 

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

    Tampa, Fla. – (December 10, 2021) – One or more Hillsborough County School Board members are scheduled to attend the following events or meetings: 

    • Saturday, December 11, 8 a.m. – WeSeeU/Dungy Holiday Angel Gift Distribution, Middleton High School, 4801 N. 22nd St., Tampa 
    • Monday, December 13, 9 a.m. – Script Review, School Board Conference Room, 901 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa 
    • Monday, December 13, 11 a.m. – Hispanic Forum, Virtual Meeting 
    • Tuesday, December 14, 9:30 a.m. – School Board Workshop, 2920 N. 40th St., Tampa 
    • Tuesday, December 14, noon – School Board Photos, 2920 N. 40th St., Tampa 
    • Tuesday, December 14, 4 p.m. – School Board Meeting, 901 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa 
    • Thursday, December 16, 9:30 a.m. – Special Called School Board Meeting, 901 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa 
    • Friday, December 17, 2:30 p.m. – Ben Crump “Spinn”/Feeding Initiative, 5410 N. 20th St., Tampa 
    • Saturday, December 18, 8 a.m. – Bullard Family Foundation Joy of Giving Parade, Sligh Middle School, 2011 E. Sligh Ave., Tampa  
    • Thursday, December 23, 7 p.m. – Gasparilla Bowl, Raymond James Stadium 
    • Saturday, January 8, 11 a.m. – Plant City MLK Parade, Plant City Downtown  
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  • HCTA Negotiations

    Posted by Tanya Arja / Erin Maloney on 12/10/2021 4:25:00 PM

    For Immediate Release 

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

     Tampa, Fl. (December 10, 2021) – Hillsborough County Public Schools and the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association (HCTA) will hold a bargaining session on Monday, December 13, beginning at 3:30 p.m.  

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

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  • Board Members in the Community: Dec 9-11, 2021

    Posted by Tanya Arja / Erin Maloney on 12/7/2021 1:40:00 PM

    For Immediate Release 

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

    Tampa, Fla. – (December 7, 2021) – One or more Hillsborough County School Board members are scheduled to attend the following events or meetings: 

    • Thursday, December 9, 10:30 a.m. – Brinks Foundation Check Presentation, Webb Middle School, 6035 Hanley Road, Tampa  
    • Thursday, December 9, 6 p.m. – Community Connections District 5, Middleton High School, 4801 N. 22nd St., Tampa 
    • Friday, December 10, 11 a.m. – Special Called School Board Meeting – Redistricting, School Board Auditorium, 901 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa 
    • Saturday, December 11, 9 a.m. – School Employee Benefits Fair Clinic Kickoff, Sligh Middle School, 2011 E. Sligh Ave., Tampa  
    • Saturday, December 11, 8 a.m. – WeSeeU/Dungy Holiday Angel Gift Distribution, Middleton High School, 4801 N. 22nd St., Tampa 
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  • Board Members in the Community: Dec 4-11, 2021

    Posted by Tanya Arja / Erin Maloney on 12/3/2021 12:20:00 PM

    For Immediate Release

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

    Tampa, Fla. – (December 3, 2021) – One or more Hillsborough County School Board members are scheduled to attend the following events or meetings:

    • Saturday, December 4, 8 a.m. – WeSeeU/Dungy Holiday Angel Gift Wrapping Event, Middleton High School, 4801 N. 22nd St., Tampa
    • Saturday, December 4, 10:30 a.m. – Tampa's Annual Christmas Parade, Downtown Tampa
    • Monday, December 6, 6 p.m. – Citizens Advisory Committee, School Board Auditorium, 901 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa
    • Tuesday, December 7, 8 a.m. – Excellence in Education Surprise Patrol for Finalists, Various schools
    • Tuesday, December 7, 5:30 p.m. – School Board Recognition Meeting, School Board Auditorium, 901. E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa
    • Wednesday, December 8, 9 a.m. – Hillsborough County African American Task Force, Virtual
    • Wednesday, December 8, 11 a.m. – Tampa Chamber Annual Luncheon, Tampa Convention Center, 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa
    • Wednesday, December 8, 6 p.m. – Crisis Center of Tampa Bay Holiday Party, Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, 1001 North Blvd., Tampa
    • Thursday, December 9, 6 p.m. – Community Connections Meeting - District 5, Middleton High School, 4801 N. 22nd St., Tampa
    • Friday, December 10, 11 a.m. – Special Called School Board Meeting – Redistricting, School Board Auditorium, 901 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa
    • Saturday, December 11, 9 a.m. – School Employee Benefits Fair Clinic Kickoff, Sligh Middle School, 2011 E. Sligh Ave., Tampa
    • Saturday, December 11, 8 a.m. – WeSeeU/Dungy Holiday Angel Gift Distribution, Middleton High School, 4801 N. 22nd St., Tampa
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  • Hillsborough County Public Schools and District Offices Closed for Fall Break

    Posted by Tanya Arja / Erin Maloney on 11/19/2021 4:10:00 PM

    For Immediate Release 

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

    Tampa, Fl. (November 19, 2021) – All Hillsborough County public schools and district offices will be closed Monday, November 22 through Friday, November 26 for fall break. Students and staff will return on Monday, November 29.  

    In the event of breaking news, media should contact Tanya Arja or Erin Maloney on their cell phones or by email. We hope you have a safe holiday! 

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