01-05-2010 Redistricting Workshop


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met for a Redistricting Workshop on Tuesday, January 5, 2010, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in The Eagle newspaper on Thursday, December 24, 2009 and the affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

Opening Exercises
1. Welcome


Chairman Kneessy called the Redistricting workshop of January 5, 2010 to order at 1:18 p.m.

Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: Members Present: Robert Jordan, Dr. Barbara Murray, Amy Kneessy, Karen Henderson, Andy Ziegler

Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: The Pledge of Allegiance was conducted at the Special meeting prior to the start of the Redistricting Workshop.

Order of Business
4. Purpose of Workshop


Ms. Kneessy stated the purpose and the outcome of the meeting, which is as follows:

  1. Review progress to date of the proposed attendance boundary process.
  2. Analyze the alternatives and the additional information provided on the attendance boundaries.
  3. Obtain all anwers to questions necessary on the boundary changes in order to make a decision at the public hearing on Janaury 19, 2010.

Ms. Kneessy stated that although the Board is not voting at this workshop, it is her hopes that the Board will come to some sort of consenus on South Area Middle Schools, South Area Elementary Schools, Central Area Elementary School and other related issues such as Cap & Bus, Soft Redistricting and Gradfather for the 6th and 8th graders.

Ms. Kneessy turned the meeting over to Dr. Binggeli. 

5. Opening Remarks


Dr. Binggeli gave opening remarks on the importance of this workshop. He mentioned that the redistricting is part of our School Board Priority Objective 2.2.3: To implement the Board approved plan to achieve 100 percent Level of Service using membership, redistricting and program modification by 2011-2012. Also, it is a requirement in our interlocal agreements with fourteen local governments to achieve 100 percent Levels of Service in all schools by 2011-2012. Our failure to meet those requirements in the interlocal agreements could cost the school district millions of dollars. Most importantly, we are here because it is in the best interest of our students collectively.

Dr. Binggeli stated he would like to recieve Board direction on the recommended alternatives with any adjustments that are desired as the outcome of the workshop. He also took this opportunity to publicly thank Mr. Theodore, Mr. Curry and members of senior staff for the hours it took to honor the commitment made to the community in this process.

Dr. Binggeli turned the workshop over to Dane Theodore, Director of Planning and Project Management, who thanked the Board for taking the time to attend the Redistricting Workshop.

6. Review of Process to Date

Minutes: Mr. Theodore briefly reviewed the process of what has transpired over the past several months as it relates to the redistricting.
7. Additional Input Since 12/8/09 Board Meeting
8. Related Issues
Attachment: Out-of-Area Information Package.pdf
Attachment: Financial Impact of Increasing LOS.pdf

Mr. Theodore explained to the Board and the public related issues regarding redistricting. The areas of concern are the impacts on the allowed Out-of-Area students and the impact of Transportation. In addition, Mr. Theodore covered several areas that impact transportation such as Cap & Bus, Soft Redistricting and Grandfathering 6th and 8th graders.

9. Criteria/Related Factors
Attachment: Shuttle Program Termination Impact - 2007 Study.pdf

Mr. Theodore reiterated the Board approved criteria used by the district and explained several of its related factors such as geographic limitations, Shuttle Program termination, and enrollment projection.

Chairman Kneessy called a recess at 2:14 p.m.
The workshop reconvened at 2:24 p.m.

10. Review of Alternatives/Staff Recommendations
Attachment: South Elementary Alternative H-1.pdf
Attachment: South Area Middle Schools Criteria Analysis 12-31-09.pdf
Attachment: South Area Middle School Charts 12-29-09.pdf
Attachment: South Area Elementary Schools Criteria Analysis 12-31-09.pdf
Attachment: South Area Elementary School Charts 12-31-09.pdf
Attachment: South Area Elementary School Charts 12-31-09.pdf
Attachment: Central Area Elementary Schools Criteria Analysis 12-29-09.pdf
Attachment: Central Area Elementary School Charts 12-31-09.pdf

Mr. Theodore and Jay Stannard, Facility Planner, reviewed the Alternatives for the South Area Middle Schools.

Each Board Member gave their input regarding the South Area Middle Schools and stated which alternative they were currently leaning towards to try to get consensus.

Kneessy G-1
Ziegler G-1 with a modification that the West of Dairy Road remain at Central Middle School
Henderson G-1
Jordan G-1
Murray G-1

Mr. Theodore and Mr. Stannard reviewed the Alternatives to the South Area  Elementary Schools.

Discussion ensued amongst the Board regarding concerns about the South Area Elementary and stated which Alternative they were leaning toward to see if consensus could be reached.

Kneessy H-1
Ziegler H-1 analyze Meadowlane Primary and Intermediate to accommodate future growth.
Henderson H-1 requested that in the future, choice elementary schools are at capacity
Jordan H-1
Murray H-1

Chairman Kneessy called for a recess at 3:26 p.m.
The workshop reconvened at 3:36 p.m.

Mr. Theodore and Mr. Stannard reviewed the Alternatives to the Central Area Elementary Schools.

Discussion ensued amongst the Board, Dr. Binggeli and Mr. Theodore regarding many concerns of the Board regarding the Central Area Elementary Alternatives.

Dr. Murray stated she was concerned about the possibility of losing their Title I status. She also stated that there is a concern about placing walkers on a bus. Dr. Murray stated she was leaning toward Alternative H, Community Input #3.

Brenda Blackburn, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, stated that Sherwood will still maintain their Title I status for the 2010-2011 school year but would lose it during the 2011-2012 school year if there numbers do not increase to receive Title I dollars.

Ms. Henderson stated her concerns that Manatee elementary enrollment percentage were not low enough. She would like to see Alternative H reworked and Community Input #3.

Ms. Kneessy suggested on breaking up the area and having the public hearing for the South Area Elementary and Middle Schools redistricting at the January 19, 2010 School Board meeting and push the Central Area Middle School out to the February 9, 2010 School Board meeting.

Mr. Ziegler concurred with Ms. Kneessy regarding breaking up the public hearings. He stated that he is in agreement with the concerns surrounding Sherwood's Title I status. Mr. Ziegler stated that he would like to know what cap & bus would look like with the new boundaries and requested the information from facilities.

Ms. Kneessy stated that there is Board consensus on Alternative H with some areas that need more information from Facilities.

Mr. Theodore stated that he will come up with proposal Alternative H-1 which will address Sherwood Elementary not having their Free and Reduced Lunch go below 40 percent and will not have current walkers out of the William Elementary area.

Ms. Kneessy took this opportunity to summarize the discussion that ensued during the workshop. The Board requested an information agenda item to be on the January 19, 2010 School Board meeting to discuss the Out-of-Area students.

11. School Board Discussion/Questions

Closing Remarks
12. Closing Remarks

13. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Kneessy adjourned the School Board Redisticting Workshop at 5:00 p.m.