01-22-2013 Regular School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in Regular Session on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in the Florida Today newspaper on Thursday, January 17, 2013. The affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

A-1. Call to Order
1. Call to Order

Minutes: Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called the School Board Meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call


Members Present: Dr. Michael Krupp, Dr. Barbara Murray, Amy Kneessy, Karen Henderson, Andy Ziegler

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called for a moment of silence for Eva Lewis, former Director of Program Support for ESE, who recently passed away.

A-3. Invocation (Lorissa Pierre-Louis, Grade 6th, Turner Elementary)
3. Invocation

Minutes: Lorissa Pierre-Louis, 6th grade student of Turner Elementary,  read the Invocation.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Amber Fitzgerald, 6th Grade, Turner Elementary)
4. Pledge of Allegiance


Amber Fitzgerald, 6th grade studentat Turner Elementary,  led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A-5. Entertainment (Turner’s Tiger Tones Show Choir , 5th & 6th Grade)
5. Entertainment


Turner's Tiger Tones Show Choir, under the direction of Eileen Borkowski, entertained the Board and the viewing audience prior to the start of the meeting, played one additional number.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray thanked Ms. Borkowski and her students for entertaining the Board.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called for a brief recess at 5:42 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 5:49 p.m.

A-6. Emergency Item
A-7. Adoption of Agenda
6. Adoption of Agenda


Prior to the adoption of the agenda, Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray informed the Board that there have been numerous requests from the Capital Outlay Committee (COC) for additional time on the voting and taking action on the school closures. The COC would like to revisit the data and make a recommendation to the Board.  Dr. Murray stated that in light of the COC's request and the financial report that will be received later in the meeting, she recommended to the Board that a decision be made as whether to offer an extension of time.  She strongly recommended that the Board offer the extension after checking with staff on whether we can logistically delay this vote on school closing until the February 12, 2013 School Board meeting.  Dr. Murray reiterated that the public hearing on the school closures will be heard this evening, no matter what the Board decides.  She requested that Harold Bistline, School Board Attorney, explain the COC processes to the Board and the community. 

Chairman Dr. Murray also noted that is was decided not to change the agenda or delete the items from the agenda, so the Board can move forward this evening (1/22/13) on the public hearing portion of the school closing items. 

Ms. Kneessy stated that due to the issues with the COC and the money coming in from the potential refinancing that we may move forward that we permanently pull Gardendale, South Lake and Sea Park Elementary for closure from tonight's agenda (see action).

Dr. Binggeli read the following changes into the agenda:

Presentation Addition
D-12.   Review of Financial Markets and the School Board's Opportunities for Refinancing

Consent Addition
F-16.    Student Expulsions

Consent Revisions
F-20.    Purchasing Bids, RFP's, RFQ's, and Sales and Services Agreements
F-22.    Instructional Staff Recommendations
F-25.    Head Start Refunding Application
F-27.    High School and Middle School Instructional Program Course List for 2013-2014    

Action Revisions
G-39.   Close South Lake Elementary School for the 2013-2014 School Year
G-40.   Close Clearlake Middle School and Convert Cocoa High School to a Jr./Sr. High School for the 2013-2014 School Year
G-41.   Close Gardendale Elementary Magnet School for the 2013-2014 School Year.
G-42.   Close Sea Park Elementary School for the 2013-2014 School Year.

Pull South Lake Elementary, Gardendale Elementary, and Sea Park Elementary from the closure list permanently. - FAIL
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Michael Krupp
Karen Henderson- Nay
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Nay
Andrew Ziegler- Nay

Motion Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy stated that she had no intention of making this recommendation at this time.  She noted that she has had numerous conversations with the Superintendent and the School Board Attorney on this topic.  Ms. Kneessy stated that there has been a total of 36 business days from the moment of learning of the school closures, if you take out weekends and holidays, to make decisions that will impact thousands of students which will have economic ramifications.  She stated the district has new information about refinancing that could possibly hold things together and still have the 30 million of reductions until the half cent sales tax goes on.  Ms. Kneessy stated that she does not wish to have the community go through another three weeks of blood, sweat, and tears.  She noted that she personally would like to end it this evening.

Mr. Ziegler stated he certainly can appreciate ending it tonight because he does not wish to prolong this decision anymore.  However, there is a list of priorities, and the Board has the right to change, if they wish too.  He noted that he is very concerned about the cut list dropping any lower and sacrificing other things that are important in the classroom.  Mr. Ziegler stated that with this motion in front of the Board, there is not enough information to make such an in depth decision.

Ms. Kneessy questioned whether Mr. Ziegler would have enough information after hearing the financial report later in the meeting.  Mr. Ziegler responded in the negative because he feels that it is important that the district give the COC, for the purpose of addressing concurrency and making sure that everyone is comfortable with capacity for growth and that the district has the best interest of the community at heart. He noted that he will be making a motion to postpone if the motion that Ms. Kneessy put before the Board does not pass.

Postpone school closures of South Lake Elementary, Sea Park Elementary, Gardendale Elementary, and Clearlake Elementary until the February 12, 2013 School Board meeting so that the Capital Outlay Committee can review the information and give their recommendation.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Nay
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Ms. Bistline gave some background history on the issue with the COC. He noted that Dane Theodore, Assistant Superintendent of Facilities, sent a Notice of Administrative Intent to Recommend a Closure of these four schools on December 18, 2012. He noted that in the email, he sent a link to all the student enrollment data of all the schools in the study area for the COC members to review and analysis prior to the January 9, 2013 COC meeting.  Mr. Bistline stated that he believed that the COC had all the information that they required to perform it's review and make its recommendation prior to the School Board meeting of January 22, 2013.  However, at the COC meeting, the majority of the members voted to request for more time to prepare its non-binding recommendation to the School Board concerning school concurrency. Mr. Bistline stated that is the issue they are charged with recommending on, school concurrency.  He stated that on January 15, 2013, Mr. Theodore prepared and transmitted to the committee a concurrency analysis for proposed school closings using the required concurrency formula contained in the interlocal agreement itself.  Mr. Bistline stated that the concurrency analysis showed more then adequate student capacity to accommodate significant growth in each of the concurrency service areas served by these schools.

Mr. Bistline stated that it is his recommendation to proceed with the public hearing for the school closures as scheduled and delay until February 12, 2013 School Board meeting a vote on the recommended school closures to accommodate the COC members request.  He noted that the COC members will have had the pertinent data for a school concurrency analysis for over seven weeks and Mr. Theodore's school concurrency analysis that he prepared, in accordance with the formula set out in the interlocal agreement itself,  for almost one month.  Mr. Bistline stated that the School Board should demand that the COC get it's recommendation to the School Board prior to the February 12, 2013 School Board meeting so the Board can take whatever action it desires to take at that time.

Ms. Kneessy requested more information on how the process works with having the public hearing at one meeting and delaying the vote to the next meeting.  Mr. Bistline explained that it is not unusual under the Administrative Procedures Act to have a public hearing to take the input and vote at a later meeting.  He noted that it happens all the time.  There are no requirements for the Board to vote on the evening of the public hearing.  Mr. Bistline mentioned that he reviewed this situation in every way possible and he recommended this process.

Dr. Binggeli pointed out that the primary purpose of the Interlocal Agreement is to maximize our efficient use of our capacity. 

Ms. Kneessy stated that she is voting no, not because she did not want to have additional time for talking but wanted the decision to end tonight. She wanted her "no vote" to be understood.

Approve the School Board meeting agenda of January 22, 2013 and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
B. District Communications

7. Spotlight on Education


Dr. Binggeli introduced Lisa Larkin, Assistant Principal of Surfside Elementary, and Dorian Horn, Technology Specialist of Surfside Elementary.

Ms. Larkin and Ms. Horn played a short video and gave a presentation to spotlight what is happening at Surfside Elementary with students and technology.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Career & Technical Education

8. Career and Technical Education Month
Attachment: CTE Month Proclamation-2013.pdf
Minutes: Michelle Irwin, Director of District Communications, read the resolution proclaiming the month of February as Career and Technical Education month.

To proclaim February 1-28, 2013, as Career and Technical Education Month and encourage all citizens to become familiar with the services and benefits offered by the Career and Technical Education programs in this community.
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

C. Student Services

9. Recognize February as Black History Month
Attachment: Black History RESOLUTION 2013.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Irwin read the resolution proclaiming the month of February as Black History Month.

Adopt the Resolution stating that the School Board of Brevard County wishes to call attention to the important historical contributions of African Americans and to endorse the observance of February as Black History Month in Brevard County Public Schools.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

10. Student Services Week, February 4 - 8, 2013
Attachment: Student Services Resolution 2013.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Irwin read the resolution proclaiming February 4-8, 2013 as Student Services Week.

Adopt the attached proclamation designating February 4 - 8, 2013 as Student Services Week in Brevard County.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Andrew Ziegler- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

D. Presentations
D. Brevard School Foundation

11. Check Presentation by Local Realtors


Dr. Binggeli noted that through the generosity of our local realtors, the needs of hundreds of our growing number of homeless and in transition students, have been met through the donation of school supplies, extra-curricular opportunities, scholarships and holiday gifts.  The Realtors have adopted these students in need as the focus of their charitable efforts.

Dr. Binggeli introduced Louise McLean, Hartung Real Estate; Jay Parrish, Pruitt Real Estate and President of Space Coast Realtors; Tim and wife, Kim Harber, Harber Realty and past President of Space Coast Realtors; Leah Selig, CEO Space Coast Realtors; Mary Markovich, Century 21 Indian River and 2012 President of Melbourne Area Association of Realtors, and Debra Green, General Manager of the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront.

Ms. McLean said a few words about the fundraiser on behalf of the Space Coast Realtors and Affiliates. They presented a check for $41,317 to Janice Kershaw, Executive Director of Brevard Schools Foundation, for the students who are homeless or in transition.

Ms. Kershaw, on behalf of the Brevard Schools Foundation, presented a certificate of appreciation to the Space Coast Realtors and Affiliates, for their generous donation and helping to relieve even a small burden to family members within the Brevard community who are struggling with homelessness or being in transition.

D. Financial Services

12. Review of Financial Markets and the School Board's Opportunities for Refinancing
Attachment: Brevard County School Board Refunding Opportunities.pdf
Attachment: Budget Reductions 2013-14.pdf
Attachment: discussion timetable.pdf

The Board chose to reverse the order of Items D-12 and D-13.

Dr. Binggeli noted that this item is a review of financial markets and the School Board's opportunities for refinancing. He turned the meeting over to Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services, who introduced Mitch Owens, RBC Capital Markets, and Jo Ann Clark, Accounting Director, who will also present.

Ms. Preston showed a timeline of the discussions and refunding analysis from May 24, 2011 to the present.  She provided a brief synopsis of the discussions outlined on the timeline.

Mr. Owens presented to the Board refinancing opportunities that are available for the district. The following were topics of discussion:

  1. Refunding Opportunities
  2. 5-Year History of Long-Term Interest Rates
  3. Market Conditions Over the Last 9-12 Months
  4. Why Refund?
  5. Refunding Transactions - Common Types of Refunding Bonds
  6. Refunding Transactions - Advance Refunding Considerations.
  7. Considerations for Refunding
  8. Market Forecasts
  9. Market Conditions
  10. Estimated Savings
  11. Recommendations

Mr. Ziegler questioned Mr. Owens on the bonds that were up for refinancing and the savings that would occur for the district.

Dr. Krupp questioned how much it will cost the district to save money in the refinancing. Mr. Owens stated that the refinancing would cost the district approximately 2 percent and reviewed what the cost covered.  He noted that the savings that are being presented are not exclusive of cost.

Mr. Ziegler clarified with Mr. Owens for the understanding of the public, that this refinancing will not generate a windfall of money.  Mr. Ziegler noted that the money will come to the district in increments over a period of time and the decisions will have to be made in conjunction with that timing.

Dr. Krupp stated that the Board needs to give general consensus so the staff can come back to the Board with a plan for refinancing. Consensus was given by the Board as a whole.

Ms. Preston noted that at the February 26, 2013 meeting, there will be a Leasing Corporation Meeting as well.

Dr. Binggeli stated that obviously the recommendation that was sought was to move forward with the refinancing.  He went over the proposed budget cuts and revenue enhancements and that this option would not be available to the district if the Board chose to defer the cuts to future generations.

Dr. Binggeli stated that it will be his recommendation that we move 2.3 million dollars up on the prioritized cut list, over the next two years. He went over the items and stated that the district would be able to recover in Items 42-53 on the Proposed Cuts and Revenue Enhancements.

Mr. Ziegler noted to the Board and the community that one thing that we have to be careful about is some of the legislation that is passed does not come with any additional funding.  He noted that one legislative mandate that is coming forth in this legislative session is that Charter Schools will receive one quarter mill of our capital millage.  He stated that is this bill passes, we will be required to give one quarter mill of our capital to charter schools, we will be looking, by the end of this year, to cut another 7-8 million dollars.

Dr. Krupp thanked Dr. Binggeli for his recommendation and stated that since the Board has a motion that has passed to delay the closing of the four schools, there should be a delay and further action on the cut list.

Ms. Henderson and Dr. Murray agreed with the comments of Mr. Ziegler.

Dr. Murray thanked Dr. Binggeli, Ms. Preston, Mr. Owens and Ms. Clark for the good news.

D. Curriculum and Instruction

13. Spotlight on Education: Celebrate Literacy Week and Book Giveaways


Dr. Binggeli introduced Lynn Spadaccini, Director of Elementary Programs, who informed the Board and the community, that since 2007, Brevard's elementary, middle, and high schools have participated in the annual Just Read, Florida! Celebrate Literacy Week.  She introduced Debbie Wood and Patty Adams, Reading Facilitators for Elementary and Secondary Programs.

Ms. Woods shared some of the events that the schools participated in  during Literacy Week, January 14-18, 2013.  One event was the Million Minute Marathon in which 77 schools participated to read an additional 20 minutes during the school day on January 14th.  She noted that 51,527 students participated, with a cumulative total of  1,772,471 minutes of reading. This was to help achieve Florida's collective goal of 30 million minutes.

Ms. Adams noted that Pre-K students were read " Hot Rod Hamster" by Cynthia Lord at the same time as other Pre-K students across the state.  Ms. Adams mentioned that during Celebrate Literacy Week, 13,739 minutes were spent reading aloud to our Pre-K students.

Ms. Spaddaccini introduced Janice Kershaw, Executive Director of Brevard Schools Foundation, so she may recognize Business Partner, Barnes and Noble for their contribution to Celebrate Literacy Week.

Ms. Kershaw took the opportunity to recognize the following individuals from the Barnes and Noble franshise:

  • Allison Dillard, Melbourne Store Manager
  • Kaori Fisher, Community Relations Manager - Melbourne
  • David Hankerson, Community Relations Manager - Merritt Island

Ms. Kershaw noted that their efforts made it possible for every second grade student to take home a book of their own during Celebrate Literacy Week.

Dr. Binggeli commended the principals for taking an active role in such a worthwhile initiative such as Celebrate Literacy Week.  He thanked Barnes and Noble for their valued alliance and partnership in heightening the awareness of literacy throughout the community.

E. Public Discussion
14. Public Discussion


Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray reminded the public that there is a maximum allotted time for each speaker of three minutes. She reminded the public that the Board will not respond to the comments or requests but the Superintendent of Schools will investigate and respond in a timely manner.

The following community members spoke before the School Board:

  1. Richard Smith, BFT, Rockledge - Contract - Certification of Vote 
  2. Vida Escue, Titusville - Budget Cuts
  3. Kimberly Hunt, Titusville - Contract
  4. Bridgit Higginbotham, Titusville - Corridor Bussing
  5. Teresa Bohuszewicz, Titusville - Corridor Bussing
  6. Nancy Matilszki, Rockledge - Corridor Bussing

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray thanked the speakers and stated that their willingness to speak before the Board is appreciated. She stated that normally that the Board would not respond to comments at this point in time but in light of the fact that the Board is going to be making some serious and critical decisions related to finance, data, and figures that are being made known to the public, she asked the Superintendent to comment on some of the facts and figures that were produced from some of the speakers that were not quite accurate.  Dr. Murray noted that the reason she requested the Superintendent to respond this evening, is that when he responds with a private letter, the public does not get to see his or the Board's response to correct that misinformation.

Dr. Binggeli stated that he felt compelled to tell the whole story of the data that was presented by one of the public speakers. He took the opportunity to  clear up the information on administrative appointments and how they compare to the other counties in Florida.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called for a BPS-TV Video Break at 8:04 p.m.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:19 p.m.

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

15. Approval of Minutes
16. Student Expulsions
Attachment: 01.22.2013 Expulsions.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Financial Services

17. Financial Statements with the Operating Budget Amendment for the Period ending November 30, 2012
Attachment: Financial Statements November 30,2012.pdf
Attachment: Budget Amendment #3 - November 30 2012.pdf
Attachment: Nov 2012 Budget Amendment Explanations.pdf
F. Accounting Services

18. Warrants for the months of November and December 2012
Attachment: Warrant List - November 2012.pdf
Attachment: Warrant List - December 2012.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

19. Property Disposal
Attachment: Jan. 22 Board List.pdf
Attachment: January 22 Board Letters.pdf
F. Human Resources

21. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 01-22-13.pdf
22. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 01-22-13.pdf
F. Compensation & Benefits

24. 2013 Healthcare Trust Stop-Loss Renewal
F. Title I/Early Childhood Education/Head Start

25. Head Start Refunding Application
Attachment: Refunding Application SF424 SF424B.pdf
26. Title I School Improvement Grant
F. Secondary Programs

27. High School and Middle School Instructional Program Course Lists for 2013-2014
Attachment: Middle School Course List 2013-14.pdf
Attachment: High Course List 2013-14-REVISED3.pdf
28. Regional Science Fairs at Area Malls
29. Science Fair Field Trips
F. Students at Risk

30. Early Learning Coalition of Brevard County, Inc.: Quality Services For Teen-Age Parent Program
Attachment: Early Learning Coalition 2012-2013.pdf
F. Exceptional Student Education

31. Contracted Services Agreement between BPS and Monica Utt, MA CCC-A to provide professional Audiological Services to BPS Students
Attachment: Utt 012513-052013.pdf
F. Central Area Superintendent

32. Field Trip - Rockledge High, Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High, Space Coast Jr./Sr. High, Viera High Schools FIRST Robotics "Pink" Team to the FIRST Regional in Kenner, LA, FIRST Regional in San Jose, CA and FIRST World Championships in St. Louis, MO
Attachment: RHS Robotics Out of State Trips.pdf
F. North Area Superintendent

33. Titusville High School Fundraiser "The Country Legends"
Attachment: Country Legends.pdf
F. Educational Technology

34. Structured Cabling Infrastructure Upgrade Project for Lewis Carroll Elementary School
Attachment: 1541_001.pdf
35. E-Rate Funding Year 15 (2012-2013) Request for Services
Attachment: Brevard_FY15 SR_board budget resolution.pdf
F. Project Management

36. Demolish/DCR 1 portable (double wide trailer)
37. Titusville High School - Swimming Pool Renovation
Attachment: Titusville HS Pool Renovation - Project Budget Worksheet 1-08-13.pdf
Attachment: Titusville HS Pool Renovation - GMP Proposal Heard Construction Inc 1-08-13.pdf
Attachment: Titusville HS Pool Renovation - Brevard County Health Department Inspection Report 1-08-13.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

38. Approval of Consent

Approve the January 22, 2013 Consent Agenda with the exception of the items pulled for discussion.   - PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

20. Purchasing Bids, RFP's, RFQ's and Sales & Services Agreements
Attachment: a) ITB #13-B-017-WH Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: b) ITB #13-B-020-CJ - Athletic Protective Equipment Reconditioning Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: c) ITB #13-B-034-LL Emergency Generator Preventative Maintenance & Repair Services - Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: d) ITB #13-B-035-LL Fencing Contractor Services - Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: e) ITB #13-B-040-DR Bulk Commodity Processing Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: f) RFP #13-P-010-DR -- Recycling Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: g) SSA 1254DR-A1 AMI Space Coast Amendment 179809 Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: h) SSA #13-153-CJ -- Herff Jones, Inc. Melbourne High School Yearbook Agenda Item.pdf

Dr. Krupp pulled this agenda item to discuss some concerns as it relates to f) RFP #13-P-010-DR - Recycling of Paper, Plastic, and Other Miscellaneous Recycling Materials - District Wide.  He mentioned various concerns on this RFP.

Ms. Kneessy stated that she has the same concerns on this contract as Dr. Krupp and asked if Dane Theodore, Assistant Superintendent of Facilities Services, could respond to the question how can a company that made 37,000 on this contract make a half a million this year, and where is the district getting the money.  She also stated that she is concerned about the comment of fine tuning the contract after it's been approve.  Ms. Kneessy stated that she does not want to approve a contract unless it is in final form.

Mr. Theodore stated that East Coast Paper was paid $44,000 to service all the schools to pick up cardboard per School Board Policy. He stated that under the proposed contracts,  the district would pay for those exact services about $40,000 to Waste Management.  Mr. Theodore noted that the 20 school chunk is the first roll out on having a district-wide recycling program. He noted that legislatively, we are required as a governmental entity, to be at 50 percent of our waste going to recycling by 2020. We are currently at 15 percent of our waste going to recycling.

Mr. Theodore commented that the $5,000 that Dr. Krupp mentioned is the penalty that the district would have to pay if we find it not to be attractive.  He noted that the contract is very clear, and it has gone through several iterations to reduce the prices within the contract by Cheryl Olson, Director of Purchasing, and Herb Blauel, Staff Engineer, and Waste Management.  Mr. Theodore stated that the bond was set because we believe that if we are successful we could save up to $300,000 for the district, which would be a reduction in our waste hauling and a reduction in our landfill costs.

Discussion ensued as it related to the recycle program, amount of schools included, as well as clarification in the documentation provided.


a) ITB #13-B-017-WH - Microfilm Image Conversion Services for Brevard Public Schools - District Communications

b) ITB #13-B-020-CJ - Athletic Protective Equipment Reconditioning - District Wide

c) ITB #13-B-034-LL - Emergency Generator Preventative  Maintenance and Repair Services - Maintenance

d) ITB #13-B-035-LL - Fencing Contractor Services - Brevard County Public Entity Purchasing Cooperative - Maintenance

e) ITB #13-B-040-DR - Bulk Commodity Processing - Food and Nutrition Services

f)  RFP #13-P-010-DR - Recycling of Paper, Plastic, and Other Miscellaneous Recycling Materials - District Wide

g)  SSA #1254-DR-A1 - AMIkids Space Coast - Educational Services

h)  SSA #13-153-CJ - Herff Jones, Inc. - Melbourne High School Yearbook


Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Michael Krupp
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

F. Labor Relations

23. Ratification of the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the School Board of Brevard County and the Brevard Federation of Teachers
Attachment: 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 BFT contract 1.22.13.pdf
Attachment: 9721X-PRINT_9400P-IR7086-202-HRLR_2864_001.pdf

Mr. Ziegler pulled this item to express several concerns.   He mentioned his concern as it relates to the language in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, that teachers shall not carry a weapon.  Mr. Ziegler gave an example of a former police officer wanting to be a teacher and under the terms of the Agreement, will not be allowed to carry a weapon even though the state allows them too. He said that it would be a shame to have these trained individuals in the schools and not to use them as additional security.

Mr. Ziegler stated that starting in January 2013, we are going to assess employees an additional $20 on their insurance premium.  In 2009, he stated that he was the first one to make a motion to increase their premium by $30.  Mr. Ziegler stated his concern is that the school board, in attempt to be as efficient as possible, is going out on a medical claim coding audit to find out if the district has been overcharge over the years. If we have been overcharge, the district can reclaim some money.  The reclaimed money would be returned to the insurance trust fund.  Mr. Ziegler stated that if we do find that out and we do reclaim funds, that it would be his desire that money would go to offset employee’s premiums first, because if we had the money we would not be implementing that charge to the employees.  He said that we could address this when it comes to the next round of negotiations with the union. Mr. Ziegler expressed how he would like to see any reclaimed funds go first to offsetting that $20 towards our employees. He stated that he is hoping that we will reclaim a lot more than that.

Approve the ratification vote of the contract language, compensation and benefits issues for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Brevard Federation of Teachers.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: Dr. Krupp questioned Joy Salamone, Director of Labor Relations, regarding the block schedule and asked about a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).  Ms. Salamone noted that the final determination is that there will be an MOU not to harm the block schedule schools.  She noted that the MOU has not been finalized yet but it has been agreed upon with the Union.

G. Action
G. Facilities Services

39. Close South Lake Elementary School for the 2013-14 School Year
Attachment: South Lake 3 Map and Data.pdf
Attachment: South Lake 2 Map and Data.pdf

 Chaiman Dr. Barbara Murray declared the Public Hearing open.

The public hearing began with hearing those community members speaking about the potential Sea Park Elementary School Closure.

  1. Mayor Tulley, Titusville - South Lake Closure
  2. Dwight Severs, Titusville City Attorney - South Lake Closure
  3. Misty Belford, Titusville - South Lake Closure
  4. Commissioner Chuck Nelson, Titusville - South Lake Closure
  5. Commissioner Robin Fisher, Titusville - South Lake Closure
  6. Anthony Colucci, Titusville - South Lake Closure
  7. Michael Nunez, Port St. John - South Lake Closure
  8. Michael Stimler, Merritt Island - South Lake Closure
  9. Rev. Glenn Dames, Titusville - South Lake Closure
40. Close Clearlake Middle School and Convert Cocoa High School to a Jr/Sr High School for the 2013-14 School Year
Attachment: Clearlake 2 Maps and Data.pdf

The public hearing continued to hear community members speaking about the potential Clearlake Middle School Closure.

  1. Dr. Brenda Fettrow Cocoa City Manager - Clearlake Closure
  2. John Titkanich, Cocoa - Clearlake Closure
  3. Martha Franco, Cocoa - Clearlake Closure
  4. Michelle Speisman - Merritt Island - Clearlake Closure
41. Close Gardendale Elementary Magnet School for the 2013-14 School Year
Attachment: Gardendale 5 Map and Data.pdf
Attachment: Gardendale 4 Map and Data.pdf

The public hearing continued to hear community members speaking on the potential Gardendale Elementary School Closure.

  1. Ingrid Combs - Gardendale Closure
  2. David Reese - Gardendale Closure
  3. Margaret Goudelouck - Gardendale Closure
  4. Greg Cope - Gardendale Closure
  5. Greg De Rosset - Gardendale Closure
  6. Carolyn Wyles, Merritt Island - Closing Gardendale
  7. Diane Sters, Cocoa Beach - Gardendale Closure
  8. Waymon Dixon, Port -Gardendale Closure
  9. Kinley Ann Nagle, Cocoa - Gardendale Closure
  10. Keren O'Protor - Racial Diversity - Free & Reduced Lunch Students
  11. Christopher Earle, Cocoa - Gardendale Closure
  12. Peter Martin, Cocoa - Gardendale Closure
  13. Greg Keglovic, Merritt Island - Gardendale Closure
42. Close Sea Park Elementary School for the 2013-14 School Year
Attachment: Sea Park 7 Map and Data.pdf
Attachment: Sea Park 8 Map and Data.pdf
Attachment: Sea Park 5 Map and Data.pdf

The public hearing continued to hear those community members speaking about the potential Sea Park Elementary School Closure.

  1. Vice Mayor Mark Brimer - Sea Park Closure 
  2. Councilman Dominic Montanaro - Sea Park Closure 
  3. Diane Collingsworth- Sea Park Closure 
  4. Aniela Orr - Sea Park Closure 
  5. Blanche Langenbach  - Sea Park Closure 
  6. Anne Herog, Cocoa Beach -  Sea Park/CB Northern Boundary
  7. Jennifer Hertz, Satellite - Sea Park Closure
  8. Steve Monroe, Satellite Beach - Sea Park Closure
  9. Todd McLaughlin, Satellite Beach - Sea Park Closure

Chairman Dr. Murray closed the public hearing. She reminded the community that the decision to vote on the school closures has been postponed to the February 12, 2013 School Board Meeting.

Mr. Ziegler thanked all the elected officials for their dedication to their community.  He requested that the elected officials who are very concerned about growth, capacity and concurrency, not just count on the Capital Outlay Committee to review and look at this data. Ms. Ziegler suggested that the elected officials dig in and go through the information themselves and offered his assistance as well as the district staff.

Mr. Ziegler commented to the public so they understood the Board's perspective on our mission, "To Serve Every Student with Excellence as a Standard".  He stated that there is a deeper meaning to this Board that what that statement says and its a priority in everything that we do, especially in what we are doing right now and that is "To Serve to Every Student an Excellent Education.  Mr. Ziegler stated that it is a very difficult thing to do especially when closing schools. He noted that it is the essence of education  that we want to preserve the magic in every classroom in this county.

Mr. Ziegler stated that he would not support lowering that cut line any more. If there is more discussion on keeping schools open, there has to be a solution for alternative revenue for that school.   

Dr. Murray shared with the public a meeting that she had with a legislator. She asked him if he had any idea what will happen to the Brevard community if you force the school district into layoff's? She told him that you will break this communities' back. That is what drives the community because school districts are the largest employer across the country.  The Legislator told her that she does not know anything about economics and that she has a lot to learn. She noted to the Legislator that he does not have a handle on economics. Dr. Murray noted to the community that the Board has been dealing with the issue with the legislators for a very long time.

Dr. Murray informed the community that it was the State that reduced our capital funding by sixty percent not the School Board. We will have to keep our district solvent any way we can.  She noted that we are not allowed to raise taxes like other government entities which ties our hands even more.  Dr. Murray stated that the Board made a very conscience effort not to put our debt on future generations.

Ms. Henderson thanked the public speakers. She spoke about the financial hold backs that the legislators imposed on Brevard Schools.

Ms. Kneessy asked the Board if they are being consistent with their criteria across the district as these recommendations are being made for school closures.

Mr. Theodore presented to the Board the staff recommendations for each of the school closures.

Ms. Henderson asked if this was the first time South Lake Elementary has been on the cut list for closure. Mr. Theodore answered in the affirmative. She requested Mr. Theodore to go through the criteria used for recommending South Lake Elementary for closure.

Discussion ensued as it relates to the criteria that was used for the recommendations.

Dr. Krupp requested that Mr. Theodore explain why the district is keeping the little desegregation unit for Imperial Estates Elementary.  Mr. Theodore explained that there are two existing legacy desegregation units that were going to Imperial Estates and one going to Coquina Elementary. He noted that with the original recommendations that the demographics were greatly effected so changes were made in Proposal #2.  Mr. Theodore noted that the district always tries to eliminate enclaves but in some cases, the demographics are impacted too much and had to be left.

After Mr. Theodore covered the Clearlake Middle School closing staff recommendation, Ms. Kneessy questioned if there is capacity at Jefferson and Space Coast Jr./Sr. for the Cocoa students.  Mr. Theodore stated that if he opened up the fifteen surplus portables at Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School, there would be room to bus the students up there.  Ms. Kneessy pointed out to the Board that this recommendation is being made due to the direct effect on the community and that she feels there is a huge inconsistency in the Board direction  about Cocoa High and the potential cost of a million dollars to keep the students in their community.

Discussion ensued about the Cocoa and the Satellite Beach communities, the students effected and the feeder chain.

Mr. Theodore clarified some information that was being stated in the community. He noted that there has been no students that have been moved three times in three years.  Mr. Theodore mentioned that a community member stated that we are not in compliance with Chapter 1013.35.  He stated that the district is in compliance with Chapter 1013.35 where as part of an Interlocal agreement accept input from the cities and incorporate that information into our recommendations.

Dr. Krupp brought up the cost of renovating Cocoa High School and the potential of changing the bell schedule to utilize the science labs to the fullest.

Mr. Theodore explained the cost difference given to the Board between January 2012 and January 2013.  He also noted that the plans for the Cocoa Jr./ Sr. High are still in the preliminary stages but would discuss the bell schedule concept with Dr. Stephanie Soliven, Principal at Cocoa High School.

Ms. Kneessy reminded the Board that there is not a one-time cost for making Cocoa High School a Jr./Sr. High School.  As mentioned in the November 9 School Board Workshop, Dr. Soliven would need additional administrative support and those are recurring costs.  Ms. Kneessy stated that if our true objective is to save the district money, there are seats at Jefferson and Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School with no renovation and no additional administration.

After the presentation portion as it relates to Sea Park, Ms. Kneessy asked the Board to look at three things. First, there is still 140 acres to be developed in Satellite Beach area. Second, the surrounding schools are at 99-100 percent capacity. Finally, she has spoken to the military and they stated that there is a need for schools on the south side of the Pineda for their families that live mainland so they can be involved with their child's education.

Mr. Ziegler requested data that the cities and counties have provided to the district as part of the concurrency agreement which includes population projections, projections of development and re-development for the coming year, infrastructure required to support the public school facilities, and amendments to future land use plan elements required.

H. Information
H. Risk Management

43. School Board Policy Revision - #7510, Use of District Facilities
Attachment: Proposed Changes to Board Policy 7510 Use of District Facilities eff 1-3-13 (2).pdf
H. Transportation

44. Corridor Busing
H. School Choice

45. Fee for Submission of Choice and Out of Area Applications
Attachment: Application Fees 1-9-13.pdf

Ms. Kneessy pulled this item to hear Board feedback in regard to a letter from Vicki Mace, Director of Choice Schools, as it relates to the Choice Application.  Ms. Kneessy stated that she proposed an alternative of not collecting the fee until the student registers.  She noted that she was looking at it from an ease of collection.

Dr. Murray stated that this was intended to be an application fee and not an attendance fee. She will support this as an application fee because we have parents that apply to every choice school and it bogs down the system. Dr. Murray stated that the manpower is in the application process and asked Ms. Mace for the number.

Ms. Mace stated that the district processes approximately 16,000 applications per year in which 5,000 are out-of-area applications.

Dr. Binggeli stated that we have been proud of our ability to offer choice in a continuum of schools. He noted that when a student arrives on the first day of school each year, there is a seat for them, a schedule for them and teachers for them. Dr. Binggeli pointed out that this does not just happen, there are hundreds and hundreds of manpower hours to make it all happen.

Dr. Krupp requested that Ms. Mace walk the Board through the process in order to qualify the parent for their request.  Ms. Mace touched upon each application and the steps taken for out-of area application and choice applications.

Ms. Kneessy questions whether the parents would have to pay a fee every year.  Ms. Mace stated that both choice and out-of-area would have a fee applied to their application every year.

Dr. Binggeli stated that the recommendation is to collect a fee each year for the out-of-area and choice application process.

Dr. Krupp stated with the amount of man hours needed to vet one student for choice schools,  the fee for that application should double.

Ms. Henderon asked Ms. Mace what is needed from the Board as it relates to the fee for submission of Choice and Out-Of-Area Applications.   Ms. Mace noted that the staff is looking at vendors and the services they provide, the cost of processing online, and they are creating a matrix to bring to the Board.  She noted that the agenda was just to give the Board information on what is being explored at this point in time and a recommendation to the Board will be brought forward on February 12, 2013.

Dr. Binggeli stated that the district is encouraged by some of the vendors. They hold some good promise for us to be able to cut hours.

H. Instructional, Behavioral and Psychological Services

46. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Entitlement Projects Roll Forward Funds for Fiscal Year 2012
H. Central Area Superintendent

47. Field Trip - Viera High Winter Guard - Winter Guard International World Championships in Dayton, OH
Attachment: VHS Winter Guard - Dayton OH.pdf
Attachment: VHS Winter Guard info.pdf

I. Staff Reports
48. Staff Reports

Minutes: There were no staff reports.

J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
49. Additional Public Presentations

Minutes: There were no additional public presentations.

K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
50. Board Member Report

Minutes: There were no Board Member Reports.

L. Superintendent's Report
51. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: There was no Superintendent's Report.

M. Adjournment
52. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray adjourned the School Board meeting of January 22, 2013 at 11:58 p.m.