02-01-2017 Board Workshop (Leading and Learning)

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met for a Board Workshop on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in Florida Today on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. The affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

Opening Exercises
1. Opening Exercises

Minutes: Chairperson Belford called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m.

Roll Call
2. Roll Call


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

Matt Susin arrived at 9:45 a.m.

Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Chairperson Belford led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Order of Business
4. Leading and Learning
Attachment: LEADING LEARNING board presentation feb117 noteii.pdf

The meeting was facilitated by Jane Cline, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Leading and Learning, Stephanie Soliven, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Leading and Learning, Beth Thedy, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services and Stephanie Archer, Assistant Superintendent of Equity, Innovation and Choice.

It was explained what we were:

  1. North, Central and South Area Superintendents
  2. Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction
  3. Office of School Choice and Charter

Who we are:

  1. Leading and Learning
  2. Student Services
  3. Equity, Innovation and Choice

They are now a cross-functional team and able to solve problems more like a "one stop shop."

They look at the child with the Big 5 areas of focus: Social/Emotional, Equitable Discipline, Early Literacy, Algebra I and Graduation Rate/College Career

Mrs. Belford commented that this team is the one who has gone through the most changes and she said it is a pleasure to work with them. She said that no one is working in silos now and they have taken collaboration to a new level.

Mr. Ziegler expressed that he is glad to see the focus on the social and emotional aspect of children.

There were questions about resources and expectations.

Mr. Susin wanted to make sure that we are offering students opportunities to "fit in" at all levels so they have a place where they belong.  That is the only way to ensure some students will stay in school.

Mrs. Descovich asked if we had considered community counselors as a way to fill in some of the gap in school counselors.

There was  discussion about 26 vs. 24 credits for graduation.


Closing Remarks
5. Closing Remarks


Mr. Craig thanked everyone and asked how we get the word out about this transformation to everyone. Dr. Blackburn felt that the best communications is to do really good work.  He cautioned that the greatest threat comes down to resources; the biggest one being time.  He would like to produce a list of items that staff can stop doing in order to focus on the more important issues.

The Board agreed.

Chairperson Belford thanked everyone for their time and effort toward the restructured focus.

6. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairperson Belford adjourned the meeting at 11:36 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).