02-05-2015 School Board Budget Workshop

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met for a Board Workshop on Thursday, February 5, 2015 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 29, 2015. 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


Chairman Kneessy called the meeting to order at 10:02 a.m.

Chairman Kneessy explained the purpose of the Workshop. 

Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: Members Present: Misty Belford, John Craig, Amy Kneessy, Karen Henderson and Andy Ziegler

Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Chairman Kneessy led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Order of Business
4. Draft of Possible Additions List
Attachment: Proposed List of Items to Fund in 2015-16.pdf

Dr. Binggeli shared with the Board a proposed prioritized list of items to fund in 2015-16. He explained the process by which the items were developed. Following the initial rough draft, principals were asked to review and provide input. Using the same lists, feedback was garnered from both employee and teacher groups.

There was Board discussion about the manner we would be keeping up with technology growth; employee compensation including benefits, teacher planning, and exceptional student education and the way it impacts all of our teachers (ways to better serve ESE children, but reduce some of the burden on teachers). There was also a question as to why we were not taking more advantage of the FIT Scott Center.

Regarding adding and recovering positions, it was determined that there should be a link to the staffing plan which included explanations of why those positions were needed or should be reinstated. Also, the Board wished for the staffing plan to be reviewed and reevaluated, using various weighting factors instead of just the size of the school. 

Additionally there were some questions from the Board asking what considerations had been made regarding paying down debt.

Closing Remarks
5. Closing Remarks


After the budget portion of the workshop, the Board discussed opting out of testing, and how this information would be communicated to schools and to parents.

6. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Kneessy adjourned at 12:13 p.m.