01-15-2019 Legislative Delegation Meeting

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met with the Brevard Legislative Delegation on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in the Eagle newspaper on Thursday, January 19, 2019. 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

Minutes: School Board Chairman Tina Descovich began the meeting at 2:51 p.m. She welcomed all of the delegates and thanked them for taking time to meet.

Roll Call
2. Roll Call


School Board Members Present

  • Misty Belford
  • Cheryl McDougall
  • Tina Descovich
  • Matt Susin
  • Katye Campbell

Legislative Delegates Present

  • Representative Tyler Sirois
  • Representative Thad Altman
  • Representative Rene Plascencia
  • Senator Debbie Mayfield
  • Senator Tom Wright



Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Matt Reed, Assistant Superintendent of Government and Community Relations led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Order of Business
4. Legislative Priorities and Discussion


Chairman Descovich asked for each delegate to provide information about education bills of which they were aware and what direction they see education going in the House and Senate.

Delegates responded about his or her particular areas of focus.  School Board members expressed challenges facing district and state education. Senator Mayfield reminded the Board that January 25, 2019 is the last day for drafting a bill and suggests that the District get requests in ahead of that deadline.

Mr. Reed went over a few of BPS' Legislative Priorities.  Representative Plasencia is already supporting pay-scale flexibility with HB 77.

There was particular conversation surrounding the Board's request to serve as a Florida model program in which full and accurate funding for transportation would be coupled with expanded transportation service to charter schools, choice education programs and other schools throughout the district. Interest was shown in spending time with the District to see if a viable product could be found.  

Another area of concern was the ability to have quality substitutes in classrooms.  Board members asked about the possibility of allowing retired teachers to substitute teach immediately following retirement instead of having to wait the full year of FRS employment.  The legislators were receptive to looking into this change.


Closing Remarks
5. Closing Remarks

Minutes: Chairman Descovich thanked the legislators once again for making time to meet.  She was appreciative of their consideration. 

6. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Descovich ended the meeting at 4:10 p.m.