Facilities Workshop Agenda
February 8, 2008
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Government Complex
2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way
Viera, Florida 32940
Building C, 3rd Floor

02-08-2008 Soft Redistricting Workshop

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met for a Board Worshop on Friday, February 8, 2008, at the Government Facility, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in the Florida Today newspaper on Thursday, January 31, 2008 and 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
Attachment: 2.08.08 soft redistricting workshop memo.pdf
Attachment: 2.08.08 soft redistricting agenda.pdf

Chairman Kershaw called the Soft Redistricting Workshop of February 8, 2008 to order at 3:00 p.m.


Roll Call
2. Roll Call


Members Present: Robert Jordan, Janice Kershaw, Larry Hughes, Dr. Barbara Murray, Amy Kneessy

Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Superintendent Dr. Richard DiPatri led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Order of Business
4. Soft Redistricting - Why Are We Doing This?
Attachment: Why are we doing this 2.08.2008 soft redistricting workshop.pdf

Ms. Kershaw requested that the Board hold its questioning till the staff finished their presentations and reminded the Board that there is a place in the agenda for questions.

Dr. DiPatri made opening comments to the Board as to why we are doing the soft redistricting as it deals with growth management. Dr. DiPatri thinks that the soft redistricting is a great planning model.

Dr. DiPatri explained the upcoming process for the Board. The staff will present four options with the summary and rationale. After the presentations, we will be listening to the Board for their thoughts so that Monday, February 11, 2008, the Board will receive a revised agenda item with a recommendation possibly from a series of options.

Ed Curry, Assistant Superintendent of Facilities, stated that the Board received an extensive memo on February 6, 2008. Mr. Curry covered the highlights in said memo that covered Growth Management Legislation (SB360) in the Past, Present and Future of Brevard County Schools.

Dr. DiPatri restated for the audience and the viewing public that this is not a choice, this is about Growth Management which is a requirement in Law SB360. The district is required within five years to have all our schools at 100% or less in capacity in order to take advantage of maintaining and managing growth. 

Mr. Curry introduced Dane Theodore, Director of Planning and Project Management.








5. Criteria for Soft Redistricting


Mr. Theodore spoke briefly on Policy 7120- Criteria for Balancing School Membership to Capacity.

Dr. DiPatri stated that the Board should be commended for their approach on this particular policy. When you look at the definition, it is to move prospective students so we do not create a disruption to students currently at the schools.

6. Presentations by Area Superintendents


Dr. Ron Bobay, Area IV Superintendent, covered the over capacity issues in Area IV.

Areas of Concern:

  •  Elementary Schools: Enterprise and Atlantis Elementary
  •  Middle School: Space Coast Jr/Sr. High School

Sandy Demmon, Area III Superintendent, covered the over capacity issues in Area III.

Areas of Concern:

  •  Elementary Schools: Lewis Carroll, Andersen, Williams, Manatee and Quest (Area II)

Lee Berry, Acting Area II Superintendent, covered the over capacity issues in Area II.

Areas of Concern:

  •  Elementary Schools: Quest, Roy Allen, and Suntree
  •  Middle School: Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High

Dr. Tom McIntrye, Area I Superintendent, covered the over capacity in Area I.

Areas of Concern:

  •  Elementary Schools: Discovery and McAuliffe
  •  Middle School: Southwest and Central
7. Options to Address Growth Management
Attachment: Options to Address Growth Management 2.08.2008 soft redistricting workshop.pdf

Mr. Curry reiterated the options to Growth Management (SB360).

Dr. DiPatri stated that Soft Redistricting is a viable option that we will look at this every year as a planning strategy.

8. Options for Consideration - Re: H-15 Soft Redistricting
Attachment: Options for Consideration 2.08.2008 soft redistricting workshop.pdf
Minutes: Mr. Curry and Mr. Theodore covered the four options that the Superintendent is recommending at the February 12, 2008 School Board meeting.
9. Board Questions and Suggestions
Attachment: Board Member suggestion 2.08.2008 soft redistricting workshop.pdf

Board Members questioned Dr. Bobay in regards to Area IV.

Ms. Kneessy questioned the accuracy of the projections of our students over the next five years. Mr. Theodore explained the accuracy of the official projections that are used.

Mr. Jordan stated his concern about the definition of prospective students and mentioned that the policy (7120) that the recommendation  is basing on has not been approved by the Board.

Dr. Murray and Ms. Kershaw stated that the definition of prospective student needs to be more specific in the policy.

Mr. Jordan suggested that we build onto Space Coast J/S High School.

Discussion ensued amongst the District Staff and Board Members.

Board Members questioned Ms. Demmon in regards to Area III.

Ms. Kneessy questioned whether it would be feasible to hard district theViera area so the students could stay within Viera schools.

Dr. DiPatri stated that this is just a temporary fix until the middle school is built within Viera.

Board Members questioned  Mr. Berry in regards to Area II.

Mr. Hughes is concerned with bussing students from Grandhaven Development across two rivers is feasible and suggested that these students be bussed to Longleaf Elementary.

Board Members questioned Dr. Tom McIntyre in regards to Area I.

Ms. Kershaw recommended that the Superintendent bring back some clarifying language to prospective students in policy 7120.



Closing Remarks
10. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Kershaw adjourned the Soft Redistricting Workshop of February 8, 2008 at 5:04 p.m.