02-08-2011 Regular School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, February 8 2011, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in The Eagle newspaper on Thursday, February 3, 2011. The affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

A-1. Call to Order
1. Call to Order

Minutes: Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called the School Board meeting of February 8, 2011 to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call


Members Present: Dr. Michael Krupp, Dr. Barbara Murray, Amy Kneessy, Karen Henderson, Andy Ziegler

Chairman Murray asked for a moment of silence for Antonio Felder Jr., 6th grade student from Riverdale Country School, Lori Brunotte, Help Desk Specialist at ESF, and Clark Maxwell Jr., former School Board Member, State Representative, State Senator, and Leader of the Florida Community College System.

A-3. Invocation (Ashley Adkins, 5th Grade, Enterprise Elem.)
3. Invocation

Minutes: The Invocation was led by Ashley Adkins, 5th grade student from Enterprise Elementary School.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Garrett Ellington, 5th Grade, Enterprise Elem.)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Garrett Ellington, 5th grade student from Enterprise Elementary School.

A-5. Entertainment (Enterprise Elementary Strings)
5. Entertainment


Enterprise Elementary, under the direction of Scott Cockerman, entertained the Board and the viewing audience prior to the start of the meeting, and played one additional musical number.

Chairman Murray took this opportunity to thank Mr. Cockerman and his students for entertaining the Board.

Chairman Murray for a recess at 5:43 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 5:47 p.m.

A-6. Emergency Item
A-7. Adoption of Agenda
6. Adoption of Agenda


Dr. Binggeli read the following changes into the agenda:

Consent Addition
F-13.    School Recognition Bonuses, Junior/Senior High and Senior High Schools

Consent Revision
F-10.   Student Expulsions
F-18.   Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, Sales and Services Agreements
F-20.    Instructional Staff Recommendations

Information Revision
H-37.   School Board Policy Revisions

Adopt the agenda for the Regular School Board meeting of February 8, 2011 and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

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

7. Spotlight on Education


Dr. Murray recognized several visitors prior to the Spotlight on Education agenda. Susan Lamm-Merritt, Associate Professor of Education, Brevard Community College (BCC) Melbourne Campus; Marika Koch, Assistant Professor of Education, BCC Cocoa Campus; Holly McKnight, Assistant Professor of Education, BCC Palm Bay Campus; and their Introduction to  Education students.


Dr. Binggeli welcomed  Westside Elementary's Teddies and Totes service projects, under the direction of teacher, Mary Krause.

Ms. Krause showed a brief presentation about the Teddies and Totes project. Several of her students said what they have learned and done in this project. The students gave the Board and Dr. Binggeli one of the Bears and Totes as a memento.

Dr. Murray commended the group for their work and stated that they represent Brevard Public Schools in a way that the community would be proud.

Dr. Binggeli echoed the remarks of Dr. Murray. He stated that the district just completed an accreditation visit and that our vision starts with serving our community as was shown here tonight by our Teddies and Totes programs.


B. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

8. Recognition of Participation in the Federal Impact Aid Program for 60 Years.
Attachment: Impact Aid Letter from NAFIS dtd 11-24-10.pdf
Attachment: Impact Aid Certificate of Recognition.pdf

Dr. Binggeli introduced Karen Strickland, Director of Planning, Budgets, and Reporting, and Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services, who explained the Federal Aid Impact Program.

Ms. Strickland explained the origins of the Impact Aid Program and that Brevard County has received over $131 million since 1950 for school support, maintenance and construction throughout the total school system.

Ms. Preston noted that the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools (NAFIS) Board of Directors recognized Brevard County School Board not only as one of the original 110 recipients of Impact Aid Funding, but for its continued support of the association.

Ms. Preston noted that she has been directly involved with Impact Aid for the past 22 years, most of which, was serving on the Board of Directors of NAFIS.

Ms. Preston stated that it was her distinct honor, on behalf of the NAFIS Board of Directors, to  present to Chairman Murray and Dr. Binggeli a certificate for the School Board of Brevard County for its 60 years of participation in this federal education program.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
D. Presentations
E. Public Discussion
9. Public Discussion


Chairman Murray reminded the public that there is a maximum allotted time of three minutes per speaker set aside for discussion. She also stated that the Board would not respond to issues this evening but the Superintendent would investigate the concerns and respond in a timely manner. The following person(s) addressed the Board:

1. Janet Eastman, BFT, Rockledge - Support Teachers
2. Dan Bennett, BFT, Rockledge - Labor Relations
3. Ellen Miller, Palm Bay - Support Teachers
4. Marcus Hochman, Cape Canaveral - Support Teachers

Chairman Murray expressed her appreciation to the speakers for their willingness to speak to the Board.

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

10. Student Expulsion(s)
Attachment: Expulsions 2.8.11.pdf (Confidential Item)
11. Approval of Minutes
F. Financial Services

12. Financial Statements with Budget Amendments for the Period Ending December 31, 2010
Attachment: December 2010 Financials.pdf
Attachment: December 2010 budget amend explanations.pdf
Attachment: Operating Fund Budget Amendment #4.pdf
Attachment: Capital Funds Budget Amendments #5-8.pdf
Attachment: Debt Service Budget Amendment #1.pdf
F. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

13. School Recognition Bonuses, Junior/Senior High and Senior High Schools
Attachment: Junior-Senior High and High School Award.pdf
F. Accounting Services

14. Comprehensive Annual Financial Report - June 30, 2010
Attachment: CAFR 2009-10.pdf
Attachment: AG AUDIT FINDINGS.pdf
Attachment: District Response to Audit Findings FINAL 12-1-10.pdf
15. Investment Performance Report for the Quarter Ending December 31, 2010
Attachment: BREVARD_4Q10_COMPLETE.pdf
16. Establish a Petty Cash Fund for Endeavour Elementary School Cafeteria
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

17. Property Disposal
Attachment: FEB_8_11.pdf
18. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, Sales and Services Agreements
Attachment: Award Summary and Tab.pdf
F. Human Resources

19. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 02-08-11.pdf
20. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Support - C- 02-08-11.pdf
F. Certification & Instructional Professional Development

21. Brevard Public Schools ESOL Endorsement Program
Attachment: Renewal for 2011-16 letter and program eval.pdf
Attachment: Add-on ESOL Renewal 2011.pdf
F. Secondary Programs

22. High School and Middle School Instructional Program Course Lists for 2011-2012
Attachment: High Course List 2011-12 doc final.pdf
Attachment: Middle Course List 2011-12 doc final.pdf
F. Exceptional Education

23. Restraint and Seclusion, Student Education Policies and Procedures (SP&P)
Attachment: Gen.Pol-Proce.LegalRequire.Rev.1-27-11.pdf
24. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) 2009 Budget Amendment
Attachment: NursesARRANarrative151.pdf
Attachment: ARRAAmend1-18-2-8-11.page DOE150.pdf
F. Central Area Superintendent

25. Field Trip - Rockledge High, Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High & Viera High Schools FIRST Robotics Team #233 - Robotics Regional Competition in Washington, DC and Robotics World Championship Event in St. Louis, MO
26. Field Trip - Rockledge High Band - Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Attachment: RHS Band.pdf
F. North Area Superintendent

27. Astronaut High School FIRST Robotics Team 21 Championship Trip to St. Louis, MO
Attachment: 9721X-PRINT_7200P-IR3235-Bldg9-69_1086_001.pdf
28. Astronaut High School FIRST Robotics Team 21 Competition Trip to North Carolina
Attachment: 9721X-PRINT_7200P-IR3235-Bldg9-69_1084_001.pdf
29. Contracted Services Agreement between Mila Elementary and Workshops in a Box, LLC (Dr. Angela Martin Walker)
Attachment: 9721X-PRINT_7200P-IR3235-Bldg9-69_1071_001.pdf
30. Merritt Island High School Band Field Trip to Atlanta, GA
Attachment: 9721X-PRINT_7200P-IR3235-Bldg9-69_1052_001.pdf
31. Jackson Middle School Quest Program Field Trip to Washington, DC
Attachment: 9721X-PRINT_7200P-IR3235-Bldg9-69_1051_001.pdf
32. FIRST Robotics Team 801 Horsepower to Compete at Smoky Mountain Regional Competition
Attachment: 9721X-PRINT_7200P-IR3235-Bldg9-69_1013_001.pdf
F. Plant Operation & Maintenance

33. Change Order to Owner-Contractor Agreement for AHU Replacement at Lockmar Elementary School
Attachment: Amendment No 1- Lockmar.pdf
34. Change Order to Owner-Contractor Agreement for AHU Replacement at Port Malabar Elementary School
Attachment: Amendment No 1- Pt. Malabar.pdf
F. School Board Attorney

35. Involuntary Termination of Instructional Employee, Ashlee Denielle Webb
Attachment: Ashlee Webb.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

36. Approval of Consent Agenda

Approve the consent agenda. - PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Dr. Binggeli took the opportunity to congratulate Timothy Hillmann for his reclassification/transfer to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Clearlake Middle School.

Chairman Murray and the Board agreed to forgo the scheduled break.

Items Pulled for Discussion
G. Action
H. Information
H. Human Resources

37. School Board Policy Revisions - NEOLA Recommendations - Information
Attachment: NEOLA Policies - Information - 02-08-11 R.pdf
H. Exceptional Education

38. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Entitlement Projects Roll Forward Funds for Fiscal Year 2010
Attachment: EXED_IDEA ROLLFORWARD 09-10 2.8.11.pdf
39. Contracted Services Agreement to Provide a Two-Day Asperger Syndrome Training
Attachment: 2010-11Kowalski Contract-3-17-11.pdf
H. Central Area Superintendent

40. Consultant Agreement - Sherwood Elementary with Dr. Marty Hopkins
Attachment: Hopkins Contract_Sherwood Elem.pdf
Attachment: Hopkins.pdf

I. Staff Reports
41. Staff Reports

Minutes: There were no staff reports.

J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
42. Additional Public Presentations

Minutes: There were no additional public presentations.

K. Board Member Reports
43. Board Member Reports


Dr. Krupp noted that he had a great time during Literacy Week reading with the students at Croton and Enterprise Elementary.

Dr. Krupp noted that he had his first meeting with the Brevard Cultural Alliance to get indoctrinated into that group.

Dr. Krupp noted that he attended the Cocoa High School Celebration and mentioned that it was phenomenal how a community gets together.

Dr. Krupp noted that he attended the All-County Chorus Concert at the King Center and was blown away with the talent our students have in this district.

Ms. Henderson stated the she attended schools during Literacy Week and had a great time reading to the students.

Ms. Henderson noted that she attended the All-County Band Concert. She was amazed with the student's performances and the accomplishments of the teachers.

Ms. Henderson attended the play "Ann of Green Gables" and the fifth grade BSO Concert.  She stated that the students enjoyed it, and it was a treat to see  them all dressed up. Ms. Henderson stated that they did a great job explaining how important music is in peoples lives.

Ms. Kneessy commented to Dr. Binggeli that she loves the "Spotlight on Education" we are doing at the Board meetings. She noted her amazement on how much our schools give back to the community. Ms. Kneessy stated that there are all kinds of little programs in the schools that we had no idea about and to be able to highlight them has been an important part of the meetings. She thanked Dr. Binggeli for bringing this to the Board.

Ms. Kneessy requested that the staff keep the Board updated on what is happening in the Legislature now that they are in session. She mentioned that there is a group going to Tallahassee at the end of March and she will be a part of that group.

Ms. Kneessy stated to Dan Bennett, BFT Vice President, in regard to politicians stating that teachers need to stay out of education, that her standard response to politicians is that " She will stay out of politics, when politicians stay out of education".

Ms. Kneessy thanked all the choice schools for their information nights. She said that we have the most phenomenal choice school program. Ms. Kneessy stated that Matt Reed, Florida Today reporter, highlighted (about our choice schools) that we are already doing, in  Brevard County, what the National Experts says that school districts should be doing.

Ms. Kneessy took this opportunity to bring an awareness to the community about the district's need for an emergency fund. She noted an recent example of the closing 528 and having to add eight new bus routes so that the students could get to school on time. Having an emergency fund allows the district to serve the best interest of the students instead of allowing all the students involved arrive to school late for a months time effecting their education.

Dr. Binggeli said that he would bring to the Board the final numbers of the cost of these eight bus routes when all is said and done. 

Ms. Kneessy stated that we have had other problems at schools (ie: power outage) and there is always someone that goes out and gets the schools back to running smoothly. She took the opportunity to thank all the behind the scene personnel.

Mr. Ziegler noted that he attended the Early Learning Coalition Blue Bus Tour. He stated that Brevard was added this year to the tour. He gave some information on what he learned on the tour regarding the importance of the early learning. Mr. Ziegler stated that the Coalition has a contribution matching program. For every dollar that is donated, it will be matched by a donation over $16 dollars, which is a huge return on investment.

Mr. Ziegler noted the he attended the Cocoa High School Celebration and elaborated on the community that was in attendance.

Mr. Ziegler noted that he attended the Florida Education Technology Conference in Orlando. He mentioned that the way that technology is being applied to education is inspirational.

Mr. Ziegler stated that he has the opportunity to join West Melbourne School of Science for reading bedtime stories.

Mr. Ziegler attended the South Area Science and Engineering Competition at the West Melbourne Square Mall. He was extremely impressed with the knowledge and talent of these students. He also had the honor of passing out the awards on Saturday, February 5, 2011.

Dr. Murray stated that she hoped, in this moment of time, that Merritt Island Boys Soccer team is doing well in the Regional Semi Finals against Okeechobee, Florida.

Dr. Murray noted that she also attended the All-County Chorus and the Middle School and High School Band Concert. She agreed with her colleagues, that the teachers do an outstanding job facilitating the talent, fostering growth and expertise of the students is just phenomenal.

Dr. Murray stated that she attended the Cocoa High Celebration of the school's Football Team taking the State Championship and Cocoa High achieving an "A" for the school grade. She noted what impressed her was the entire feeder chain was in attendance.

Dr. Murray stated that she attended the Zoo Celebration for the opening of their new animal care center. She took the opportunity to thank Brevard Zoo and its official for their partnership with Brevard Public Schools. Dr. Murray told a story regarding the expertise of the staff at the Brevard Zoo and that they were in the process of crate training a rhino.

Dr. Murray noted that she received a thank you note in the mail from Brevard County in regard to the homeless t-shirt drive they conducted. She mentioned that several schools donated t-shirts from some of their fundraisers.

Dr. Murray thanked the Brevard Symphony Orchestra for what they do for our fifth grade students. The program is outstanding.

Dr. Murray took this opportunity to publicly and officially thank Dr. Beth Thedy, Director of Middle Schools Programs, and Teresa Wright, Director of Title 1, for chairing our Quality Assurance Review and Visit. She also gave a very hearty thank you to our Leadership team, our teachers, support staff, students, parents, business partners and Dr. Binggeli for taking us to the next step. Dr. Murray mentioned that the School Board of Brevard County earned the recommendation for a full accreditation and is confident that it will be supported by the National Committee.

Dr. Murray wished all the students in the Central and North Area good luck on their upcoming science fairs, which begin within the next two weeks.

L. Superintendent's Report
44. Superintendent's Report


Dr. Binggeli stated that he attended most of the above mentioned events within the district. He went on to explain the tremendous personal satisfaction and pride he has for working in a place that makes it so other young people can have experiences in athletics, academics, and the performing arts.

Dr. Binggeli said to the Introduction to Education class,"this is a phenomenal profession if you don't lose sight of why you began this profession in the first place". Thank you to all our people in the organization to make this happen.

M. Adjournment
45. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board meeting of February 8, 2011 was adjourned at 6:35 p.m.