01-22-2019 Board Workshop-EKG for Student Athletes and Legal Services

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met for a board workshop on Tuesday, January 22, 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, December 20, 2018. The affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

Opening Exercises
1. Call to Order

Minutes: Chairman Tina Descovich called the meeting to order at: 1:03 p.m.

Roll Call
2. Roll Call


Members Present: Misty Belford, Cheryl McDougall, Tina Descovich, Matt Susin and Katye Campbell

Mr. Susin joined via telephone.

Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Chairman Tina Descovich led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Order of Business
4. EKG as a Requirement
Attachment: EL 2 Form - Board Workshop.pdf
Attachment: EL3 Form - Board Workshop.pdf
Attachment: NCAA Cardiovascular care checklist of best practices.pdf
Attachment: WWPF Proposal (Jan 2019) Board Workshop.pdf
Attachment: Districts in Florida - Narrative on Cardiac Screening Board Workshop.pdf
Attachment: SAMPLE Consent Form - Board Workshop.pdf
Attachment: BPS High Schools who utilize WWPF - Board Workshop.pdf
Attachment: ECG Board Workshop.pdf

Christine Moore, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, began the presentation. Following discussion, Ms. Moore asked the Board if they were ok proceeding with the following recommendations:

  • Create/Revise/Review written athletic emergency action plans in line with NCAA Cardiac Task Team recommendations
  • Refer Who We Play For to work with student services, legal and risk management to create an acceptable MOU and consent form prior to any action. 
  • Strongly recommend the personal care physician completing the EL2 to perform an ECG as part of our approval process to participate in FHSAA sports in Brevard County.  Provide information, as available, about ECG screening options.

Board members were in agreement about moving forward with the recommendations, but Ms. Belford asked that the District work toward the solution where these screenings are mandated.

Chairman Descovich called for a brief recess at 2:04 p.m.
She began the workshop again at 2:11 p.m.

5. Legal Services
Attachment: General Counsel Evaluation Form - 2018-19 (redline from Amy) (12-7-18).pdf
Attachment: Office of Legal Services - workshop presentation (1-22-19).pdf
Attachment: GC Evaluation - Broward, Alachua and Pinellas County School Boards.pdf
Attachment: General Counsel - Job Description (12-13-16).pdf

General Counsel Amy Envall presented information to the Board about Legal Services.

The agenda included:

  • Overview
  • Snapshot Statistics
  • Legal Advice Areas and General Time Appropriations
  • Outside Counsel
  • Litigation Overview
  • Plans for the Future
  • General Counsel Evaluation
  • Discussion, Questions and Answers

General Counsel Envall provided suggestions surrounding her evaluation tool. Changes were made to the rating scale assigning numbers to ratings:  Highly Effective = 4; Effective = 3; Needs Improvement = 2; Unsatisfactory = 1.

Other changes were made to the evaluation tool as suggested by Ms. Envall and Board members.  Ms. Envall will send back out the finalized version incorporating those changes.  It was requested that Ms. Escobar put together an evaluation timeline similar to that of the superintendent.

Additionally, the Board requested that Ms. Envall provide them a model for additional legal counsel that includes the job description and salary range.


Closing Remarks
6. Closing Remarks

7. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Descovich concluded the meeting at 3:34 p.m.

For further details pertaining to this meeting, please refer to the published video on the School Board of Brevard County's website (www.brevardschools.org).