01-23-2018 School Board Meeting

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 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 15, 2017. The affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

A. Call to Order
1. Call to Order

Minutes: Chairman John Craig called the meeting to order at: 5:32 p.m.

A. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: Members Present:  Misty Belford, John Craig, Tina Descovich, Matt Susin and Andy Ziegler

A. Moment of Silence
3. Moment of Silence


A moment of silence was held to mourn the loss of four members of the BPS family:

Gavin Imes, a 6th grade student from Sherwood Elementary; Jared Santos, a 5th grade student from West Melbourne School for Science, Donovan Tucker and 9th grade student from Melbourne High and Richard Sommers, a mid-south transportation bus driver.


A. Invocation
A. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Matt Reed, assistant superintendent of Government and Community Relations, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A. Entertainment
A. Board Member/Superintendent Recognitions
5. Board Member/Superintendent Recognitions


John Craig

He recognized and thanked Kevin Thornton, director of Food and Nutrition Services, and his team for changes in food item selections.  Laurie Conlin, dietician specialist provided an overview of changes.  They worked diligently to provide healthy choices that are appealing while meeting guidelines. Food and Nutrition Services had provided samples to the audience as well as board members. All Board members expressed appreciation for the department's efforts.

Matt  Susin

In the audience was Mr. Susin's former assistant principal, Mr. Waller, who was the driving forces behind Mr. Susin as a teacher. Mr. Susin was excited to report that he had been at the Melbourne Airport where they are putting finishing touches on the Innovation Games which will take place on March 23.  He was happy to say that the Eau Gallie Aviation hanger was coming along nicely and slated to be finished in April.  He said that Linda Buffun put together something called ECET2 which was a collaboration between all of your best teachers and administrators to decide what best practices are inside of our school system. He sits on the CPT Counsel through the EDC.  He said that this is a Certified Production Program that gets students jobs; half of the inductees are women.  He thanked the Daughters of the American Revolution for allowing him to speak along with the Federated Women's Caucus. He thanked the Prek teachers that met with him.

 Tina Descovich

She wanted to put special emphasis on a few schools working toward becoming certified in Suicide Prevention: Edgewood, Space Coast  Longleaf and Sunrise.    She gave a shout out to Write Love on Her Arms and a presentation given to Palm Bay Magnet High School by Jamie Tworkowski.  He really connects with the students. She also gave a shout out to Mr. Brian DeGonzague, principal of Imagine Charter School.  She enjoyed her tour.

Misty Belford

She thanked staff, the board and Dr. Blackburn for the board/cabinet retreat held in December.  On the  20th of December, she attended the adult education graduation at Clearlake. She commented that their numbers are small but mighty. Those students have persevered and overcome. Jeff Arnot, director of Adult and Community Education, asked the students "what is next?"  Every student had a "what is next."  Ms. Belford thanked Mr. Arnott. Mr. Belford thanked Food Services and staff members for the wonderful holiday breakfast. She and Dr. Blackburn attended a Sources of Strength meeting. She commented that it is a phenomenal program. She thanked Parrish Medical Center who will be paying for students to join the Board in Tallahassee.  On the 15th she attended the Martin Luther King, Jr. parade in Titusville.  She got to read to students at Imperial Estates during Celebrate Literacy Week.  She and Mr. Susin joined with the Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School team for an introduction of the "Launch Institute."  It will be a phenomenal program partnering with industry providing certification and internships to Brevard students who maybe don't know their real potential. She had the opportunity to meet with the youth mental health task force along with several staff members. 

Andy Ziegler

He thanked the Orlando Melbourne Regional Airport for working on getting an aircraft for the aviation program at Eau Gallie.  The group found one and Mr. Ziegler also wanted to thank instructor Bill McKinnish for going out to look at the airplane to find out if it would be useable.  He congratulated Mr. Rick Fleming, West Shore principal, who is a state finalist for principal of the year.  Mr. Ziegler recognized Art Edwards for his dedication for serving on the audit committee for ten years.

Desmond Blackburn

He welcomed everyone back to the new year.  On December 21, he attended the Tiny House Reveal at Bayside High School where they got to witness a public/private partnership where students with disabilities worked alongside their non-disabled peers in order to build a tiny house. Right after winter break, he and Ms. Belford helped with the demolition at the to be opened Southlake Elementary. Dr. Blackburn congratulated Jill Minuse, resource teacher for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities, for winning the Southeast Region Council for Children with Behavioral Disabilities Teacher of the Year award. He attended an Infinite Scholars event, coordinated by community member Mike Cadore.  Over 400 students attended and preliminary results indicate over $4 million in scholarships were handed out.

John Craig

He and Ms. Belford attended the City of Cocoa's Economic Development update session. He attended Stevenson Elementary' s Blue Ribbon celebration.  He thanked the students from Astronaut High ROTC who were present at the meeting.  He appreciates their dedication and passion.




A. Emergency Item
A. Adoption of Agenda
6. Adoption of Agenda
Attachment: 2018-0123 Supplemental.pdf

Dr. Blackburn read into record the changes on the supplemental agenda which are changes made to the agenda since it was released to the public on January 16, 2018.


  • A-7.  Administrative Staff Recommendations
  • F-14. Support Staff Recommendations
  • F-15. Instructional Staff Recommendations
  • F-17. Suspension of Instructional Employee
  • F-18. School Year Calendar Standards and Proposals for the 2018-2019 School Years

Adopt the January 23, 2017 meeting agenda and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Misty Belford
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

A. Administrative Staff Recommendations
7. Administrative Staff Recommendations

Minutes: Dr. Blackburn recognized and congratulated the administrative staff members present and offered them each time for comments.


Approve the applicable listed administrative staff recommendations:

Accept the retirement of Mark E. Elliott from the position of Principal at Satellite High School, effective June 30, 2018.

Accept the retirement of Ilene S. Herr from the position of Assistant Principal at Satellite High School, effective July 25, 2018.

The appointment of Susan A. Mulchrone to the position of Principal at Oak Park Elementary School, on annual contract, effective February 5, 2018. Annual salary based on grade 26 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

The transfer of Keith E. Barton from the position of Assistant Principal (12 month) at North/Central Alternative Learning Center to the position of Assistant Principal (12 month) at Melbourne High School, on annual contract, effective February 5, 2018. Annual salary based on grade 24 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program

The reclassification/transfer of Carl A. Hofmann, Jr. from the position of Manager of Accounting Services to the position of Director of Quality Control, on annual contract, effective December 18, 2017.  Annual salary based on grade 29 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

The transfer of Michael B. Waller from the position of Assistant Principal (12 month) at Space Coast Jr/Sr High School to the position of Assistant Principal (12 month) at North/Central Alternative Learning Center, on annual contract, effective February 5, 2018. Annual salary based on grade 24 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Matthew Susin
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

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

8. Recognition of Astronaut High School ROTC

Minutes: Art Edwards from Worshipful Master of Indian River Lodge #85 in Titusville facilitated the presentation to Col. Whalen and the Astronaut High School ROTC for clean-up efforts to Oakridge Cemetery and Davis Memorial Cemetery following Hurricane Irma.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Student Services

9. Recognize February as Black History Month
Attachment: Black History RESOLUTION 2018.pdf
Minutes: Mr. Reed read the resolution.

Adopt the attached proclamation designating February as Black History Month in Brevard Public Schools.
Vote Results
Motion: Misty Belford
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

D. Presentations
E. Public Comment
10. Public Comment


Chairman Craig reminded everyone that each would have three minutes to provide comments and explained the decorum necessary while speaking.  Speakers in order of appearance were:

Dan Bennett- Contract Settlement

Anthony Colucci- Teacher Pay

Vanessa Skipper - Advocating for Teachers

Paul Alley - Subs Kelly Educational Services

F. Consent
F. Board Office

11. Meeting Minutes
Attachment: 2017-1212 Board meeting -public hearing.pdf
F. Financial Services

12. Financial Statements for the Period Ending October 31, 2017
Attachment: Financial Statements for October 31, 2017.pdf
13. Property Disposal
Attachment: Board Report - 01-23-2018.pdf
Attachment: Board Report Letters - 01-23-2018.pdf
F. Human Resources

14. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 01-23-18.pdf
15. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 01-23-18.pdf
Attachment: 2018 January 23 - ESOL handout.pdf
F. Labor Relations

16. Suspension of Instructional Employee
Attachment: Barhold Letter.pdf
17. Suspension of Instructional Employee
Attachment: Chinnery Letter.pdf
Attachment: Chinnery Settlement Agreement.pdf
F. Secondary Office of Leading and Learning

19. Field Trip - Merritt Island High School FIRST Robotics Team 801 - FIRST Buckeye Regional, Cleveland, Ohio, March 28, 2017 - April 1, 2018
Attachment: 2018 OH FIRST Buckeye Regional Itinerary - Merritt Island High School .pdf
20. Field Trip - Bayside High School NJROTC to Atlanta, Georgia and Tampa, Florida
Attachment: Tentative Itinerary - Bayside NJROTC field trip - February 2018.pdf
21. Field Trip - Titusville High School NJROTC to Parris Island, South Carolina
Attachment: Field Trip - Titusville High NJROTC Itinerary - March 28-30, 2018.pdf
F. SLL Core & College/Career Readiness

22. Secondary Science Instructional Materials Adoption
Attachment: 2017 Brevard Secondary Science Instructional Materials Adoption.pdf
F. Elementary Office of Leading and Learning

23. Elementary Science Textbook Adoption
Attachment: K-6 Science Adoption 2018-19-Update.pdf
24. Head Start Governing Board and Policy Council Reports for the Months of October and November 2017
Attachment: GB and PC Monthly Report Oct 2017.pdf
Attachment: GB and PC Monthly Report Nov 2017.pdf
F. Facilities Services

25. Facility Use Agreement for Hummingbird Pantry, Inc. at Riverview
Attachment: HPI Proposal.pdf
Attachment: 501(c)(3) Certificate.pdf
Attachment: Riverview Site Plan.pdf
Attachment: Riverview Floor Plan.pdf
Attachment: Letters of Support.pdf
26. Amended and Restated Lease Agreement for Future Viera Middle School Site
Attachment: Amended Viera Middle School Site Lease.pdf
F. Project Management

27. Palm Bay Elementary School - Phase II HVAC Renewal - Close-Out
Attachment: Palm Bay Elementary Phase II OEF 209 Unsigned.pdf
28. Lewis Carroll Elementary School - HVAC Renewal - Close-Out
Attachment: lewis carroll OEF 209.pdf
29. Gardendale Alternative Learning Center Renovation - Close-Out
Attachment: Gardendale OEF 209.pdf
30. Audubon Elementary - Facility Renewal - Close-Out
Attachment: Audubon Phase II OEF 209.pdf
31. Cape View Elementary School - Facility Renewal - Close-Out
Attachment: Cape View ES OEF 209.pdf
32. Sherwood Elementary School - Facility Renewal - Close-Out
Attachment: Sherwood ES OEF 209.pdf
33. Melbourne High School Serving Line Renovation - Close-Out
Attachment: Melbourne HS OEF 209.pdf
34. Tropical Elementary School - Facility Renewal - Close-Out
Attachment: Tropical OEF 209.pdf
35. Titusville High School - Civil Engineering Design Services
Attachment: Titusville HS stormwater system repair.pdf
36. Ralph M. Williams, Jr. Elementary School - Design Build Services - RFP #17-P-084-DR - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Ralph Williams GMP attachments.pdf
Attachment: Ralph Williams Cost Benefit Form.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

37. Approval of Consent

Approve the January 23, 2017 Consent Agenda with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Tina Descovich
Second: Matthew Susin
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Office of Professional Learning and Development

18. School Year Calendar Standards and Proposals for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 School Years
Attachment: Supporting Material Considered by Calendar Committee.pdf
Attachment: Calendar Gantt Chart 2018-19r.pdf
Attachment: Calendar Gantt Chart 2019-20r.pdf

Mr. Ziegler said that he pulled this item because when it came to them as information, there seemed to be acknowledgement by the Board that they wanted Veteran's Day to be a day in school to observe celebrations especially when Veteran's Day falls on a weekend. By not having that Monday off, we could have veterans in our schools.

Chris Moore, director of Professional Learning and Development, explained that right now Veteran's Day is in contract language and in order to move Veteran's Day to an unpaid holiday, it would need to go through the bargaining process.

More discussion and answers ensued surrounding the long winter break and school not being over prior to Memorial Day.  Ms. Moore said that it has to do with the testing window and legislation that require a certain number of days in second semester.

Staff recommends approval of the 2018-2019 and Tentative 2019-2020 calendar drafts.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Misty Belford
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

G. Action
G. Purchasing & Warehouse

38. Purchasing Solicitations
Attachment: a - ITB 17-B-013-LU - Charter Bus Services - Name Change.pdf
Attachment: b - PB 18-PB-035-NC - School Bus Bid.pdf
Attachment: c - RFP 18-P-023-DR - Billing Audit Services.pdf
Attachment: d - RFQ 18-Q-016-HD - Yearbook Publishing Services.pdf
Attachment: e - RFP 13-P-010-DR-A2-Recycling Services-Extension.pdf


Approve the Invitation To Bid (ITB) Name Change below:

a- ITB #17-B-013-LU - Charter Bus Services - Bid Assignment - Name Change - Transportation

Approve the Piggyback (PB) below:

b - PB #18-PB-035-NC - FLDOE Bus Bid - Transportation - $4,712,713.44 - Capital Projects

Approve the Request For Proposal (RFP) below:

c - RFP #18-P-023-DR - Billing Audit Services - Purchasing & Warehouse Services - Revenue

Approve the Request For Qualification (RFQ) below:

d - RFQ #18-Q-016-HD - Yearbook Publishing Services - Purchasing & Warehouse Services - $Various - Operating Categorical

e- RFP #13-P-010-DR-A2-Recycling Services-Facilities Services-$15,000.00/month-Operating Other

Vote Results
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Tina Descovich
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

39. Department/School Initiated Agreements
Attachment: a - CA 18-382-MS-Philip Schweigert-Access Project.pdf


Approve the Consultant Agreement (CA) below:

a - CA #18-382-MS - Philip Schweigert - Access Project - $12,500.00 - Special Revenue Federal

Vote Results
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Misty Belford
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

G. Elementary Office of Leading and Learning

40. Public Hearing-2017-18 Student Progression Plan for Brevard Public Schools
Attachment: 2017-18 Student Progression Plan FINAL (redline) (11-14-17).pdf
Attachment: 2017-18 SPP Revisions.pdf

Chairman Craig declared the public hearing open at: 7:03 p.m.

Hearing no speakers he declared the public hearing closed at 7:05 p.m.

Hold the Public Hearing and approve the Brevard Public Schools Student Progression Plan for the 2017-2018 school year.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Misty Belford
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

G. Project Management

41. Public Hearing-Attendance Boundary Changes for the 2018-2019 School Year
Attachment: Evaluation Committee Scoring.pdf
Attachment: Attendance Boundary Change Maps and Data 01 23 2018.pdf

Chairman Craig declared the public hearing open at: 7:06 p.m.

Hearing no speakers he declared the public hearing closed at: 706 p.m.

Mr. Craig commented that they probably need some clarification on the special considerations allowing students to remain at their current school with no transportation provided by the district. Mr. Craig asked if there are special programs at that school that fall under our new transportation option; will this supersede the special consideration?  He feels they need clarification where maybe some of those routes lay.

Dr. Blackburn said that he saw a "high sign" from the back of the room saying that yes, if that scenario plays out, then yes, transportation would be provided.



Hold a Public Hearing and approve the following:

1. Attendance boundary changes for the 2018-2019 school year:

  • Croton Elementary to Longleaf Elementary (A)
  • Kennedy Middle to McNair Middle (B1)
  • Meadowlane Primary and Meadowlane Intermediate to Discovery Elementary (D)
  • Endeavour Elementary and Cambridge Elementary to Saturn Elementary (E)
  • Melbourne High (west of Brandywine) to Heritage High (F6)
  • Central Middle to Southwest Middle (G)

2. Special consideration to allow the following students to remain at their current school (no transportation provided by the District):

  • Rising 6th and 8th grade students 
  • Any current students affected by Melbourne High School attendance boundary change Proposal F6
Vote Results
Motion: Misty Belford
Second: Matthew Susin
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

H. Information
H. Human Resources

42. Contract with Kelly Educational Staffing, service line of Kelly Services Inc. - Substitute Staffing and Management
Attachment: Qualitative Research to Support Kelly Educational Staffing.pdf
Attachment: Total vs Filled jobs November 121417.pdf
Attachment: Brevard SB 012318.pdf

Discussion ensued among board members. It was determined that more information was needed via a board workshop.  Mr. Susin asked for the Kelly Services contract. Dr. Kindt said that she would send it to all of the board members by the end of the week.

H. Secondary Office of Leading and Learning

43. Title II, Part A: Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High-Quality Principals, and Other School Leaders

I. Staff Reports
J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
44. Superintendent's Contract


Mr. Ziegler had questions why the superintendent was included in the raise for non-bargaining personnel. General Counsel Envall is to look into the matter more fully and report back.  This issue may be discussed at a workshop.

45. Instructional Coaches


Mr. Craig has had conversation with Dr. Blackburn and wanted to bring it up to the board. When teachers take an instructional coach position, they may be taking a pay decrease. Mr. Craig wanted this issue on everyone's radar when future budgets are discussed.

46. Board/BFT Workshop

Minutes: On February 27, there is the annual BFT workshop.  BFT has requested that the Board address the substitute issue and how substitutes are handled.  There is a survey for substitutes to get input from that side as well as data from the administration side.
47. Teacher-Pay Bill by Representative Plascencia, Senator Mayfield


Representative Plascenia and Senator Mayfield have asked Brevard Public Schools to support a bill that would return the authority and flexibility to the districts on how they set pay scales, including performance pay and extra pay for advanced degrees. It is House Bill 427 and Senate Bill 1324 entitled Instructional Personnel and School Administrator Salary Schedules.   

Chairman Craig wanted to get the thoughts of the board member to see if that is something the board would like to actively promote and then get some ideas on how that should look.

There was some discussion among the members.  Ms. Descovich commented that while it sounds like a good thing, she wanted more time to actually read and assess the entire bill. 

Chairman Craig respected Ms. Descovich's desire to look at it a little closer, and asked in the meantime for Mr. Reed in conjunction with Capital City to determine what is the best strategy to support it.  Mr. Susin requested that after Ms. Descovich reviews the bill that she indicate her support through Dr. Blackburn so that they could get a proclamation before they go to Tallahassee in February.

48. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points


Mr. Ziegler spoke on the Constitutional  Revision Commission where the salary item had been defeated. He had sent the CRC members with an email.

Ms. Belford told the board that while the CRC voted down the salary bill, they still have the time-limit proposal. There is also a  transportation bill that is a double edged sword; it moves the radius from 2 to 1.5 miles, but no change in funding. Also there is legislation to pass 2% COLA on to districts.   

Chairman Craig commented that he wondered if the transportation piece could be incorporated in the district's legislative platform.

Mr. Ziegler said that he feels that even one mile is too much for an elementary school student. 

Chairman Craig asked Mr. Reed to get some ideas from Capital City on ways that it can be modified in order to get some traction.


L. Superintendent's Report
49. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: The Superintendent had nothing further to report.

M. Adjournment
50. Adjournment


Chairperson Craig adjourned the meeting at: 8:00 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).