By BOB SHARPThe Associated PressMarch 27, 2018 7:30AMHillsborough County Schools officials say they’re not going to back down on a campaign that is being called the most controversial in the state’s history.
They say they are going to defend the school district’s reputation.
They are going out of their way to make sure it stays that way.
It’s been an unprecedented year for Hillsborough County School District, which is facing a national backlash over its handling of the death of a 15-year-old girl.
The school board says it will hold a series of community meetings to answer questions about its handling.
The controversy began in April when the Hillsborough Daily News revealed a disturbing video showing a Hillsborough teacher allegedly beating a student with a belt.
The video was posted to social media by a mother.
In response, Hillsborough schools Superintendent Mike Schauer announced that the district would no longer allow any student to participate in any extracurricular activities at the high school and will have no student participate in a parent-teacher conference.
In addition, he announced that he would not attend any parent-student conferences.
Hillsboro school officials also say that they will no longer participate in activities that are part of the public relations campaign to boost the district’s image.
Hillborough Schools District Superintendent Mike Scurfield speaks at a news conference April 14, 2020, in Hillsborough, Fla.
The district also has announced that any student who was involved in an extracursual activity would have to return it and pay a $10 fine.
The district says it is a matter for the district.
It is the first time the Hillsboro Board of Education has announced a policy of no student participation in extracural activities.
But some parents say the policy is unjust.
In a statement, Hillsboro School District Superintendent Michael Scurfine said the policy does not address the fact that the school has been a target of controversy.
“We are focused on meeting our obligation to uphold the highest standards of integrity and safety in our school community,” Scurpine said.
“The district is committed to doing everything we can to keep our students safe, and this policy does nothing to address the concerns.”
The Hillsborough School Board says it has received a few reports that the policy has not gone far enough.
In an email to the HillsBC students and parents, the board said it will continue to provide free, full-day high school classes in accordance with district policy and will continue its outreach to parents.
Hampshire County Schools Superintendent Mike Schmidt speaks during a news briefing March 24, 2020 in Hillsboro, Fla.:A Hillsborough mother and a Hillsboro High School student hold signs in front of the Hillsbury County School building in Hillsbury, Fla., March 24.
A Hillsboro school district superintendent said the school board will not allow any school activity that could be viewed as a PR campaign.
(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)HillsBrock, a school district spokesman, said Hillsborough is taking the matter seriously.
“The HillsBC is concerned with the safety of the students in the district and the Hills BC is concerned about the district, which has been facing criticism and negative press for several days now,” Brock said.
He said the district is working closely with the HillsCPS and the district attorney’s office to make a decision that meets all school district, HillsBrock and HillsBC community concerns.
The HillsCps office said in a statement that it has been in contact with the district about the issue.
The school district says students and staff are expected to participate fully in all school activities, including recess and extracutual activities.
It says it supports the HillsBricks plan to allow students to participate and pay their fees.
Hicksborough County school officials say it will host a series and event this week with Hillsborough Community Schools.
The meeting will include a panel discussion on Hillsborough Public Schools actions.
Hillsborough High School Principal John Schauer said the board will continue meeting with HillsBros students and faculty and will provide information to help students understand what is expected of them in the school system.