02-02-2017 Board Retreat

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met for a Board Retreat on Thursday, February 2, 2017, at Craig Technologies, located at 8550 Astronaut Blvd., Cape Canaveral, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in the Florida Today Newspaper on Thursday, January 26, 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

Staff Present: Superintendent Desmond Blackburn, Executive Assistants Tammy Aguirre and Pam Escobar, and School Board Attorney Harold Bistline

Pledge of Allegiance
Order of Business
3. Board Retreat
Attachment: Sample School Board Operating Protocol.pdf
Attachment: School Board Retreat - Feb. 2.pdf
Attachment: Board and Superintendent Communications Framework.pdf
Attachment: Brevard School Board Retreat Agenda.pdf

Chairperson Misty Belford and Vice Chairman John Craig facilitated the workshop.


  • Board Evaluations
    • Focused on the Board, not individual members
    • Annual Evaluation
    • Ms. Descovich will take the lead, explore options and report back

Chairperson Belford called a recess at 11:55 a.m.
She reconvened the workshop at 1:39 p.m.

  • Explore possibility of holding traveling Board meetings
  • Tammy Aguirre, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, will begin sending notices to the Board regarding events that Dr. Blackburn attends; subject line will start with "Date." 
  • Explore possibility of creating a new Outlook user called Athletic Calendar  
  • Agenda Function/Order
    • Entertainment should be voluntary (once a month)
    • Update policy on public comments
      • Chairperson Belford will take the lead
    • Members are to bring back recommended changes for public comments and board response.
  • Agenda Function/Consent vs. Action
    • Chair and Superintendent meet prior to release of agenda to the public
    • Define routine items for consent
    • Discussion on whether or not field trips need to be approved by the Board
    • Information items should be moved to action
  • Agenda Function/Who Develops the Agenda
    • Chair should be the one to approve late items.
  • Agenda Function/Parliamentary Procedures
    • Robert's Rules of Orders be used more effectively

 Parking Lot Items

  • Are we on track to achieve mission?
  • Superintendent Nominations – Board
  • Responsibility / Policy / Statute
  • 1112 – Board C????
  • Anonymity requests
  • Evaluation
  • Entertainment at Board meetings
  • Traveling Board meetings
  • Community Leaders meeting

Closing Remarks
4. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairperson Belford adjourned the workshop at: 3:58 p.m.