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Public Schools-STEM Fair (Feb 2015), Hillsborough County Public Schools-STEM Fair, Florida USA

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The EDifier December 19, 2013

Yesterday, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released the sixth installment of the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA), which reports on the performance of fourth- and eighth-graders on NAEP reading and mathematics in 21 participating urban districts. Results show that our nation’s urban districts have made gains that have outpaced the average public school— yet students in large urban districts still perform significantly below the average student nationwide.

It is important to point out that the gains being made are not shared by all urban districts. Some urban districts have made more dramatic gains than others. For example, Washington, DC made impressive gains both recently and in the long term. In three of the four grades and subjects that NEAP assessed, DC students acquired nearly an additional two years worth of learning than a decade ago. Large gains were also made in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Diego since 2003. However, out of these large gaining districts, only San Diego performed as well as the national average in at least one grade and subject area. Charlotte, on the other hand, has made moderate gains but still outperformed the national average on all assessments except for 8 th grade reading. Austin outperformed the national average as well in 4 th grade math and Hillsborough (FL) outperformed the national average in 4 th grade reading.

Despite significant gains made by some districts, the report also indicates the gains made by urban districts may be subsiding. Fewer participating districts made significant gains between 2011 and 2013 than between 2009 and 2011. Taken together, schools in large cities continued to improve between 2011 and 2013, just not as strongly as in previous years. In order to meet or even beat the national average, students attending schools in large urban districts had to literally outdo themselves.

Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet on how to accelerate such gains. Some of the highest gaining districts were governed by elected school boards while others were under mayoral control. Some have charter schools while others do not. Some instituted high-stakes teacher evaluation systems while others have not. Some are in states that have implemented the Common Core State Standards while others are not. From this report alone it is not possible to determine what attributed to dramatic gains. What school boards need to do is examine what changes high gaining districts may have made and determine if such changes would be beneficial to their districts

4 th Grade Reading

  • Washington DC (5 points) and Los Angeles (4 points) were the only surveyed districts to make significant gains on their reading scores between 2011 and 2013. During this same time period there was no significant increase in scores nationally.
    • Houston was the only district to see a significant decrease in scores (-5 points) between 2011 and 2013.
  • Atlanta (18 points) and Washington, D.C. (17 points) made the greatest gains from 2003 to 2013. Such increases are roughly equivalent to about a year and half worth of learning.
    • Cleveland was the only district to post a significant decline (-6 points) between 2003 and 2013.
  • Austin (TX), Charlotte (NC), Hillsborough County (FL), and San Diego scored higher than the average for large cities* (cities of populations of 250,000 or more).
  • The percentage of students in large cities scoring at or above the Proficient achievement level increased from 19 percent in 2003 to 26 percent in 2013.
  • The percentage of students scoring at or above proficient varied dramatically among urban districts from 40 percent in Hillsborough County and Charlotte to just 7 percent in Detroit.

8 th Grade Reading

  • Five districts significantly increased their scores from 2011 to 2013, with Washington, DC posting the greatest gains with an 8 point improvement. During this same time period, students nationally increased their scores by just 2 points.
    • From 2003 to 2013, only Atlanta (15 points), Los Angeles (15 points) and San Diego (10 points) made significant gains in their performance.
    • Cleveland was the only district to post a significant decline in their scores (-2 points) between 2003 and 2013.
  • Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Hillsborough County (FL), and Houston scored higher than the average for large cities. No district had a significant decrease in scores between 2011 and 2013.
  • Just as in the fourth grade, the percent of students in large cities scoring at or above the Proficient achievement level increased from 19 percent in 2003 to 26 percent in 2013.
  • The range of students scoring at or above proficient was nearly as wide as it was at the fourth-grade level. Charlotte had the highest percentage at 36 percent while Detroit once again had the lowest at just 9 percent.
  • Washington, DC (7 points), Chicago (7 points), Los Angeles (5 points), and Atlanta (5 points) were the only districts to significantly increase their scores from 2011 to 2013. During this same time period, the national average rose by 1 point.
  • Washington, D.C. made the greatest gains from 2003 to 2013 by increasing their score 24 points which equates to nearly two and half years of learning. Boston and Atlanta had the next highest gains with 17 points. Such increases are roughly equivalent to about a year and half worth of learning.
    • Charlotte, Cleveland, Houston, and New York City made no significant improvements during this time period.
  • Six urban districts scored higher than the 2013 average for students attending schools in large cities. In 2011, eight districts outperformed the national average.
  • The percentage of students in large cities scoring at or above the Proficient achievement level increased from 20 percent in 2003 to 33 percent in 2013.
  • The percentage of students scoring at or above Proficient varied dramatically among urban districts, from 50 percent in Charlotte to just 4 percent in Detroit.
  • Three districts (Washington, DC, Fresno, and Charlotte significantly increased their scores from 2011 to 2013. On the other hand, Cleveland was the only district to see a significant decline in their scores (-6 points) during this time period.
  • From 2003 to 2013, 7 out of 10 districts made significant gains in their performance, with Atlanta (23 points) and Boston (22 points) all making gains roughly equivalent to two years’ worth of additional learning.
    • Charlotte, Cleveland, and New York City were the only districts that didn’t make significant progress during this time period.
  • Four urban districts (Austin, Charlotte, Hillsborough County (FL), and Jefferson County (KY) scored higher than the 2013 average for students attending schools in large cities.
  • The percentage of students in large cities scoring at or above the Proficient achievement level increased from 16 percent in 2003 to 27 percent in 2013.
  • The percentage of students scoring at or above proficient varied just as it did at the fourth grade level. Charlotte had the highest percentage at 40 percent, while Detroit once again had the lowest percentage at just 3 percent.

*All cities in the nation with populations of 250,000 or more.

Zero Tolerance: 4th Grade Boy Faces Sexual Harassment Charges for Love Note

Zero Tolerance: 4th Grade Boy Faces Sexual Harassment Charges for Love Note

Public school zero tolerance policies may result in a nine-year-0ld Florida boy facing sexual harassment charges for writing a love note to a girl in his fourth grade class.


“He’s nine,” the stunned unidentified mother of the boy told WFTS 13 Tampa Bay. “What little kid doesn’t write love notes?” she asked, commenting that her son had a crush on a girl and thought her eyes “sparkled like diamonds.”

The intercepted note displayed a pencil drawn heart. Inside it, it read: “I like you.” He also wrote: “I like your eyes because they sparkle like diamonds.”

The mother said when the other students caught wind of her son’s crush, they teased him, claiming he wanted to see the little girl naked. Next, the Hillsborough County school district principal got involved, calling the boy into her office. That very sweet note which likened her eyes to priceless gems may not constitute a jewel heist but the school district said, it could be grounds for level three offenses.

“That’s when the principal proceeded to tell me that it wasn’t appropriate,” that he wrote the note, the mother explained. “That he was writing the note, and if he writes another note they’re going to file sexual harassment charges on my nine-year-old.”

The boy’s mother pointed out her son “doesn’t even know what sexual harassment means.” Does not matter either that school officials acknowledged the notes were not explicit, but they insisted they were “unwanted” by the girl which made them a form of harassment.

The Hillsborough County Student Code of Conduct defines formerly age-old lovestruck schoolboy behavior as unacceptable. The district seeks “compliance” to a civility statement intended to foster a safe, harassment free educational community that is also free from disruptions, bullying, and aggressive actions.”

Harassment is prohibited and falls under Hillsborough County Public Schools Policy 5517 which states “all of its students and school employes have an educational and workplace setting that is safe, secure, and free from harassment and bullying of any kind.” The consequences listed for sexual harassment include up to five days of discretionary in-school or out-of-school suspension, possible further disciplinary action, even a recommendation for expulsion or change of placement, and psychological counseling.

The Student Code of Conduct also states that harassment does not refer to occasional compliments or welcomed interactions of a socially acceptable nature, it means bothering another person using written or verbal sexual words, pictures, gestures or conduct that the other person would find offensive, unwanted and unwelcomed.

Question is, does this include hearts drawn on a sheet of lined looseleaf paper by a smitten nine-year-old boy?

Licensed psychologist Valerie McClain did not believe the youngster’s note with a heart drawn on it was sexual harassment, although she encouraged parents to talk to their children about what boundaries look like and what is considered appropriate behavior. McClain suggested this is where education needs to provide a lesson to this young boy on “how-to” relate to the young girl “or how-to stay away from her, if that’s the goal.”

Hillsborough officials said they tell teachers to discourage all students from passing notes to prevent these types of classroom disruptions. School officials maintained “notes like that can be distracting.”

Local news outlets shielded the family’s identity to preserve the minor’s privacy.


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ERIC - The Nation s Report Card Mathematics 2011 Trial Urban District Snapshot Report

The Nation's Report Card Mathematics 2011 Trial Urban District Snapshot Report. Hillsborough County Public Schools. Grade 4, Public Schools

National Center for Education Statistics

This one-page report presents overall results, achievement level percentages and average score results, scores at selected percentiles, average scores for district and large cities, results for student groups (school race, gender, and eligibility for National School Lunch Program) in 2011, and score gaps for student groups. In 2011, the average score of fourth-grade students in Hillsborough County was 243. This was higher than the average score of 233 for public school students in large cities. The percentage of students in Hillsborough County who performed at or above the NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) "Proficient" level was 43 percent in 2011. This percentage was greater than large cities (30 percent). The percentage of students in Hillsborough County who performed at or above the NAEP "Basic" level was 86 percent in 2011. This percentage was greater than large cities (74 percent). [For the main report, "The Nation's Report Card: Mathematics 2011. Trial Urban District Assessment Results at Grades 4 and 8. NCES 2012-452," see ED527170.]

National Center for Education Statistics. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Web site: http://nces.ed.gov/

GED Hillsborough County Schools - 2016-2017 StudyChaCha

GED Hillsborough County Schools

Re: GED Hillsborough County Schools

General Educational Development (GED) is a course offered to adult students 18 years or older in order to earn a Florida High School Diploma.

16-17 years old students can also take up an approved under-age GED program.

Language Arts Writing
Language Arts Reading
Social Studies



Length of Study:
Individualized instructions so the length varies

Offered through:
Chamberlain Adult and Community School

813-631-4500 Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Florida GED testing centers and program locations

Baker County Public Schools
GED Testing and Instructional Program - 904-259-6251

Bradford County Public Schools
GED Testing Program - 904-966-6760

Brevard County Public Schools
GED Testing Program - 321-633-1000 ext. 377
GED Instructional Program - 321-633-1000 ext.375

Calhoun County Public Schools
GED Testing and Instructional Program - 850-674-8661

Charlotte County Public Schools
GED Testing and Instructional program- 941-255-7500

Citrus County School District

Clay County Public Schools

Collier County Public Schools

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HILLSBOROUGH - Alliance for Public Schools


Parent University is a FREE conference supporting the academic life of children in kindergarten through 12th grade. Sessions will be focused on academic and support programs in Hillsborough County Public Schools, effective strategies families can use to help every child succeed, and ways to advocate for the resources necessary for our public schools.

Participants will attend a general session followed by two classes (click to see examples). Free childcare is provided for children in grades K-5 only (advance reservations are required).

The first Parent University event will be September 17th at Jefferson High School. Sign up to be informed when registration is open.

Our first event of the school year was a Community Conversation Education Innovation Institute held on September 11th at Nature’s Classroom. This interactive event started the process of our community working collaboratively in support of public schools.

This was not a traditional conference but a real community workday. Groups of attendees from across the county gathered to identify common goals and strategies to support our public schools as they strive for success for all students. It’s not to late to join us and lend your thoughts, ideas and voice to the collaboration process. Get on the list to learn about the next event!


On March 30th, the Alliance hosted our second GradNation Community Summit. Student Alliance for Public Schools groups from Pinellas and Hillsborough high schools presented their research and work to remove barriers to success for themselves and their peers. It was amazing to watch the community come together to support students in their effort to raise graduation rates in our public schools!

Calendar of Events- Hillsborough

March 30th GradNation

Fall 2016 Parent Universities- dates/locations coming soon!

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St. Joseph Catholic School:
St. Joseph Catholic School in Tampa in Hillsborough County, is a private co-educational, Roman Catholic affiliated school offering Pre-K-8th Grade programs. Established in 1896, St Joseph's Catholic School is one of the oldest Catholic Schools in Tampa. Our dedicated teachers and Salesian school sisters offer the finest in Catholic education to your son or daughter. The Salesian Sisters are very dedicated and devoted to the care and well-being of our children.

Catholic Education Programs for Pre-K through 8th Grade Students:

Early Childhood Program:

- EC-3, EC-4, VPK & Kindergarten

- First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade, Sixth Grade, Seventh Grade & Eighth Grade

Subjects include:

- Art
- Computers / Technology
- Library
- Music
- Science

Religious Education:
Religious Education is an important part of the student’s day. It is important for each student to understand the Religion practiced by their family, even though not all of the families enrolled at the school are Roman Catholic. Religion is not only a way of life to be lived, but also a subject to be learned.

Each student participates in the academic program established by the Diocese of St. Petersburg and St. Joseph Catholic School. No student is ever forced to believe in the faith that is presented, but is required to learn it as a subject.

Crossroads Schools, Jacksonville area

Crossroads Schools - a "Unique Concept in Christian Education" - was founded in the Jacksonville FL area to provide a Faith-Based education to K-12 students with varying backgrounds, needs, and goals. Our schools are conveniently located in Arlington and Orange Park. Our mission is to help parents develop the character of their children by nurturing and teaching respect and responsibility through its family-like program.

As a Christian, Faith-based private school, our first priority is to train and equip our students with the skills they need to be successful in society. We encourage our students to view their school and other students with respect, honor, and integrity. Each course is taught with a moral foundation and perspective, as we strive to help students develop into productive citizens and learn to apply values of character and integrity to every aspect of their lives.

Crossroads School is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), Coalition of McKay Scholarship Schools and the Learning Disabilities of America (LDA). All transcripts and grades are widely accepted by area public and private schools, and by colleges for transfer and graduation.
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Christian Private School for K-12 students:

- Smaller Campuses
- Small Classes with a Low Student-Teacher Ratio
- Approved for McKay Scholarships for Children with Learning Disabilities
- Approved for the Step Up For Students (SUFS) Scholarships for families on the Free or Reduced Lunch Program in the Public Schools
- Personalized Attention
- No Daily Assigned Homework
- No FCAT Requirements
- No Mid-Term or Final Exam Requirements
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Transfiguration Early Childhood Center, St. Petersburg

Transfiguration Early Childhood Center in St Petersburg in Pinellas County, FL, is an Early Childhood Center offering year-round programs to children ages 2-5 years. Our curriculum is based on weekly thematic units. (Example: All about me, Harvest, Community Helpers) The curriculum is designed so each child can learn and explore in a developmentally appropriate way.

At Transfiguration Early Childhood Center, our mission is to provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum that strives to meet the individual needs of a child in a safe, inviting environment where children feel free to create, explore and express themselves. Our aim is to educate the “child” socially, emotionally, physically, intellectually and spiritually.

All our teachers are background screened and state certified in Early Childhood Education. In addition, our teachers are trained in First Aid, CPR and Safe Environment.
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Year-Round Early Childhood Program (For children ages 2-5 years):

- Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten - VPK

- Field Trips and Visitors

Adirondack Learning Academy

Enroll in an accredited online homeschool course from Adirondack Learning Academy (ALA), and give your child or teenager the opportunity to benefit from quality online education from the comfort of their own home.

Adirondack Learning Academy is a NY-based online homeschool provider that serves K-12 students in Florida, and throughout the U.S.

Through our partnership with Odysseyware (online curriculum provider), we are able to offer an in-home online option that expands learning beyond the walls of any school to provides a global academic experience. At the same time, online students can still participate in extracurricular benefits offered online.

Our program recognizes that each child is an individual, so we offer comprehensive, customizable courses that suit their learning styles, interests, and educational goals.

ALA is accredited by the National Independent Study Accreditation Council (NISAC)and approved by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
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Online K-12 Homeschool Programs:
- For kindergarten, elementary school, middle school & high school students

- Core courses, electives & and career-technical courses
- College preparatory academic diploma awarded on successful graduation
- College entry assistance
- Advanced Placement (AP) classes
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- Individualized instruction with each student assigned a personal learning coach
- Extra-curricular clubs and special events held live online
- Programs for students with special needs
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Children's Emporium Pre-School, Port St. Lucie

Located in Port St. Lucie in St. Lucie County, Children's Emporium Pre-School is a private preschool offering before and aftercare, voluntary pre-kindergarten (VPK) programs and summer camp programs for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. At Children's Emporium, we have a true commitment to providing children with the best quality care and early educational experience possible.

Children's Emporium Pre-School strives to make sure that all of the children in our program have a positive and enriching experience so that they, in turn, will make a positive contribution to society. We have been providing services to the Port St. Lucie area since 1986. Every member of our staff is state certified in childcare, are CPR / First Aid and CDA Certified to insure your child’s safety.
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Our preschool curriculum is incorporated throughout the entire school, and each classroom contains six to seven centers with an abundance of materials:

- Art
- Housekeeping
- Science
- Blocks
- Manipulative
- Library
- Computers

- Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) program

- Before & After School Transportation

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School, Orlando

Located in Orlando in Orange County, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School is a private co-educational Catholic school and welcomes children in pre-kindergarten (from 3 years) through to 8th grade. As part of our programs, we offer an APEX program where students can choose from a wide range of electives, a PACE program for academic challenge and excellence as well as extensive arts and athletics programs. We have a 50-year tradition of excellence in education and we continue to uphold the traditions of the past while forging into the future.

We believe in teaching the "whole child." We attend to our students' spiritual development in all areas of learning: physical, social, emotional, and academic. We encourage our students' love of music, drama and art. We want them to play team sports and have daily recess. We want our students to love to learn.

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School uses both the Diocesan and the Florida Sunshine State’s Curriculum Standards as a basis of its curriculum. We are accredited by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and a 2007 Winner of the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award.
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Catholic Education Programs from Pre-kindergarten (3 years) through 8th Grade:

- Preschool and Kindergarten programs
- Lower School program
- Middle School program
- Challenging curriculum with language arts, social studies, science, math, Spanish, technology and religion
- APEX program with a wide range of electives
- PACE program with tutoring and enrichment classes
- Athletics program
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Hillsborough County. Florida

Hillsborough County Courthouse

25 January 1834

1,266.22 sq mi (3,279 km²)
1,050.91 sq mi (2,722 km²)
215.31 sq mi (558 km²), 17.00%

1,170/sq mi (451.6/km²)

Hillsborough County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. The 2010 population was 1,229,226. Its county seat is Tampa, Florida. [1] Hillsborough County is the largest county in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area and the fourth most populous in Florida.

Contents History Edit

Hillsborough County was created on January 25, 1834 from Alachua and Monroe counties. [1] It was named for Wills Hill. the Earl of Hillsborough and British Secretary of State for the Colonies from 1768-1772. The county's original boundaries in 1834 included the present-day counties of Charlotte. DeSoto. Hardee. Manatee. Pasco. Pinellas. Polk and Sarasota. [2] The last significant change in Hillsborough County's borders was the separation of its western section to create Pinellas County in 1911.

Geography Edit

On the Alafia River near Lithia Springs Park

Hurrah Lake on the Alafia River

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 1,266.22 square miles (3,279.5 km 2 ), of which 1,050.91 square miles (2,721.8 km 2 ) (or 83.00%) is land and 215.31 square miles (557.7 km 2 ) (or 17.00%) is water. [3] There is approximately 158.27 miles (254.71 km) of shoreline on Tampa Bay.

The county's unincorporated area approximately 888 square miles (2,300 km 2 ), or more than 84 percent of the total land area. Municipalities account for 163 square miles (420 km 2 ). The modern boundaries of the county place it midway along the west coast of Florida.

A narrow strip of Hillsborough County extends to the west to the Gulf of Mexico roughly along the Tampa Port Shipping Channel. This has the effect of keeping Hillsborough County from being landlocked. The central portion of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge is in Hillsborough County as is Egmont Key at the entrance to Tampa Bay. This narrow strip of land effectively separates Pinellas County from Manatee County.

Adjacent counties Edit Demographics Edit

As of the census [4] of 2000, there were 998,948 people, 391,357 households, and 255,164 families residing in the county. The population density was 951 people per square mile (367/km²). There were 425,962 housing units at an average density of 405 per square mile (156/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 75.17% White. 14.96% Black or African American. 0.39% Native American. 2.20% Asian. 0.07% Pacific Islander. 4.66% from other races. and a 2.56% from two or more races. 17.99% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. The county is the thirty-second most populous county in the nation.

There were 391,357 households out of which 31.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.70% were married couples living together, 13.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.80% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.07.

The age distribution was as follows: 25.30% were under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 31.70% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, and 12.00% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,663, and the median income for a family was $48,223. Males had a median income of $34,111 versus $26,962 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,812. About 9.10% of families and 12.50% of the population were below the poverty line. including 17.20% of those under age 18 and 10.00% of those age 65 or over.

Level of Education

Master's or Ph. D.

Source: U.S. Census [5]

Politics and government Edit

Hillsborough County has voted for the Republican candidate in most presidential elections for the past four decades. However, In 2008. Barack Obama won the county by seven points, the first Democrat to capture the county since Bill Clinton 's reelection victory in 1996. [6]

Presidential Election Results 1960-2008

A Home Rule Charter for Hillsborough County was approved by voters in a county-wide referendum held in September 1983, and the first County Commissioners elected under this new charter took office on May 28, 1985.

The Home Rule Charter divides the power of county government between legislative and executive branches. The Board of County Commissioners, which composes the legislative branch, sets overall policy by means of ordinances, resolutions and motions.

The executive powers of county government are vested in the County Administrator, appointed by County Commissioners and charged by the charter to faithfully implement the powers of the Board. The charter provides for a County Attorney, to be hired by the County Administrator with the advice and consent of the County Commissioners. The charter contains a provision for a Charter Review Board appointed by County Commissioners every five years to conduct a study of county government and propose amendments to the charter. These amendments must be presented to voters for approval.One amendment was approved in November 2002, adding the position of County Internal Performance Auditor to the government structure. This position reports directly to the County Commission.

There are seven members of the Board of County Commissioners for Hillsborough County. Four are elected from single-member districts, and three are elected county wide. The Board approves the County's operating and capital budgets and the County's capital improvement program. It may take action on any programs for the improvement of the county and the welfare of its residents.

Under a Charter Ordinance that went into effect May 1985, County Commissioners are directed to perform legislative functions of government by developing policy for the management of Hillsborough County. The County Administrator, a professional appointed by the Board, and the administrative staff are responsible for the implementation of these policies.

The Board also serves as the Environmental Protection Commission. Individual Board members serve on various other boards, authorities, and commissions such as the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, Tampa Bay Water, Aviation Authority, Expressway Authority, Sports Authority, Port Authority, Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Children's Board, Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Council of Governments.

Hillsborough County charges a discretionary sales tax of 1% on top of Florida's 6%. It is only collected on the first $5000 of any large purchase.

Municipalities Edit Incorporated Edit

County subdivisions in Hillsborough County. Incorporated cities in bold; unincorporated CDPs in small font.

Hillsborough County has only three incorporated places, all which are chartered as cities under Florida law:

Unincorporated CDPs Edit

Despite its large population, most of the area of the county is unincorporated. and falls directly under the county government's jurisdiction. Many, but not all, are Census-designated places. With no city government, residents of these areas must petition the appropriate member of the County Commissioners [7] to address the quality of local services.

Education Edit

Hillsborough County Public Schools operates public schools in the county. Hillsborough County has the eighth largest school district in the United States consisting of 206 schools (133 elementary schools, 42 middle schools, 2 K-8 schools, 25 high schools and 4 career centers; 73 additional schools including charter, ESE, etc.). [8] Twelve out of Hillsborough County's 25 high schools are ranked in Newsweek 's list of America's Best High Schools. [9]

School enrollment Edit
  • 1997-1998-149,658 3,151 increase
  • 1998-1999-152,809 3,437 increase
  • 1999-2000-156,246 4,500 increase
  • 2000-2001-160,746 5,315 increase
  • 2001-2002-166,061 5,261 increase
  • 2002-2003-171,322 6,235 increase
  • 2003-2004-177,557 7,113 increase
  • 2004-2005-184,670 7,113 increase
  • 2005-2006-190,835 6,165 increase
  • 2006-2007-191,151 316 increase
  • 2007-2008-191,219 68 increase (projected)
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Edit

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue services unincorporated areas of Hillsborough County. Fire service began in the 1950s as an all volunteer force consisting of about a dozen loosely associated community based organizations. The first fulltime career firefighters were hired in 1973. The department now has 893 career uniformed and support personnel which continue to set the pace in Fire and Emergency Medical Response. Since the 1997 merge of Hillsborough County Fire Rescue and EMS, the department has placed paramedics on each career, front-line apparatus: 25 Rescues, 39 Engines, 4 Ladders and 2 Special Operations Units. As nearly 85% of the department's more than 80,000 emergency responses require some level medical care, having paramedics assigned to each unit assures that the citizens of Hillsborough County are receiving rapid Advanced Life Support care.

Fire Rescue and the Board of County Commissioners has implemented a plan to continue placing new fire rescue stations in areas where growth is occurring or gaps in coverage may exist. Fire Chief Bill Nesmith leads an executive/command staff of two Assistant Chiefs who direct the Operations and Administrative branches. The Personnel and Rescue Division Chiefs, as well as the Fire Marshal, also report directly to the Fire Chief. All fiscal functions, facilities maintenance and supply, and apparatus / equipment procurement & repair are under the direction of the Administrative Assistant Chief. The three Shift Commanders, as well as the training Chief and the Special Operations Chief, report directly to the Operations Assistant Chief. The Ops Chief is responsible for the overall response readiness of all front line personnel. [10]

Law enforcement Edit

Several law enforcement agencies operate within Hillsborough County, Florida. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is headquartered in the Ybor City District of Tampa and is responsible for Law Enforcement services in the unincorporated areas of the county as well as operation of two jail facilities and courthouse security for the 13th Judicial Circuit. Each of the three incorporated places has its own police agency (Tampa Police Department. Plant City Police Department. and the Temple Terrace Police Department respectively). Tampa International Airport and the University of South Florida also have police departments.

Hillsborough County Emergency Management Edit

The Emergency Management Department is directly responsible for planning and coordinating the evacuation and sheltering of all county residents in the event of a natural or manmade disaster. This agency is also responsible for planning, orchestrating and coordinating response actions and continuity of government in the aftermath of a major disaster. [11] Larry Gispert has been the department's director since 1993 [12] and is the 2007-2008 President of the International Association of Emergency Managers. [13]

The Hurricane Evacuation Assessment Tool (HEAT) [14] has been created to assist residents of Hillsborough County by providing evacuation and sheltering information in the event of a hurricane or other natural disaster. This interactive program was designed to assist the public in easily determining if they are in one of the five evacuation zones. It also provides information on shelters, hospitals, fire stations and sandbag locations. [15]

The Emergency Management Department also provides information to the public on the following: Hurricane Information, Procedures for Hazardous Materials Spill, Flooding Preparedness, Tornado Preparedness, Wildfire Preparedness, Terrorism Preparedness,and Terrorist Threat Levels. [16]

Transportation infrastructure Edit Major interstates and other highways Edit
  • Interstate 4
  • Interstate 75
  • Interstate 275
  • U.S. Route 41
  • U.S. Route 92
  • U.S. Route 301