02-10-2015 Regular School Board Meeting

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, February 10, 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.

A. Call to Order
1. Call to Order

Minutes: Chairman Amy Kneessy called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

A. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

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

A. Invocation (Megan Nguyen, 4th Grade, Lewis Carroll Elem.)
3. Invocation

Minutes: Megan Nguyen, 4th grade, Lewis Carroll Elementary, read the invocation.

A. Pledge of Allegiance (Giovanni dos Anjos, 6th Grade, Lewis Carroll Elem.)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Giovanni dos Anjos, 6th grade, Lewis Carroll Elementary, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A. Entertainment (Orff Ensemble, Lewis Carroll Elem.)
5. Entertainment


The Orff Ensemble from Lewis Carroll Elementary School under the direction of music teacher Michelle Dodson provided the entertainment.

Chairman Kneessy called for a recess at 5:39 p.m. to allow the students time to gather their belongings.

Chairman Kneessy called the meeting back to order at 5:42 p.m.

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


Prior to the adoption of the agenda, Chairman Kneessy welcomed students from Eastern Florida State College's Introduction to the Teaching Profession classes; and their instructors, Susan Hamm Merritt, Holly McKnight and Marika Koch.

Dr. Binggeli asked if the Board would consider moving Item F-32 on Approval of Independent Citizens Oversight Committee ahead of Administrative Staff Recommendations.

Adopt the February 10, 2015 School Board meeting agenda and its revisions and move Consent Item F-32 before Administrative Staff Recommendations.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Karen Henderson
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

A. Administrative Staff Recommendations
7. Administrative Staff Recommendations

Minutes: Dr. Binggeli congratulated and recognized Sue Hann, Richard Dunkel and Pam Treadwell and asked them to say a few words.


Approve the applicable listed administrative staff recommendations:

The appointment of Susan Hann to the position of Director of Planning & Project Management, effective January 27, 2015. Annual salary based on grade 29 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.

Accept the retirement of Sally Ann Corbley, Assistant Principal at Riviera Elementary School, effective January 31, 2015.

Accept the resignation of Barbara Lynn Francisco, Principal at Fairglen Elementary School, effective February 24, 2015.

The transfer of Richard Dunkel from the position of Principal at Indialantic Elementary School to the position of Principal at Fairglen Elementary School, on annual contract, effective June 1, 2015. Annual contract based on grade 26 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.


Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Andrew Ziegler
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
B. Community Relations

8. Spotlight on Education

Minutes: Dr. Binggeli introduced Riverview principal, Terri Barlow, assistant principal, Barbara Martin, and Wolf Trap Institute representative, Jennifer Cooper who presented information about Wolf Trap Early Childhood STEM Learning through the Arts program and how it has benefited both students and teachers. Ms. Cooper had flown in from Washington, DC to be present.
B. Brevard Schools Foundation

9. Check Presentation and Recognition of The Boeing Company

Minutes: The Boeing Company presented a check to the Brevard Schools Foundation (BSF) in the amount of $55,440.00.  Boeing representatives, Steve Hoffman and Tamika Jones presented the check to Yvonne McGuirre, BSF president. 

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
D. Presentations
E. Public Comment
10. Public Comment


Chairman Kneessy reminded the speakers that the maximum allotted time for each speaker is three minutes. Clarification of information presented and answers to questions specific to district business and educational matters will be posted on the School Board’s website under the section call “4 The Record.”

She also  reminded that profane, abusive or slanderous speech is not permitted.

Speakers in order of appearance were:

  1. Casey Gilbert - Melbourne High School/Reverter Clause
  2. Marissa Cruz - Reduce the Florida Standardized Testing
  3. Zulema Cruz - Florida Standardized Test
  4. Stephen Spragins - Henegar Center - Pro Sale
  5. Scott Wall-DeSousa - Non Discrimination Notice
  6. Mike McNees - City of Melbourne Property Adjoining Old Melbourne High School Building
  7. Douglas Lebo - Revert Clause for Old Melbourne High Building
  8. Rebecca Rayborn - Testing
  9. Denise Coyle - Mel High Conflict of Interest
  10. Spence Guerin - Re-use of Old Mel High
  11. Neil Levine - Issue of Reverter Clause & Henegar
  12. Mike Williams - Old Melbourne High School
  13. Kinley Nagle - Special Education - The Cause of LD
  14. Dan Bennett - Labor Relations
  15. Richard Smith - Labor Relations
  16. Martha Franco - Community School Issues
  17. Heather Barringer - North Brevard Choice Programs



F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

11. Approval of Minutes
12. Student Expulsions
Attachment: 2015-0210.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Financial Services

13. Financial Statements with Budget Amendment and Resolutions for the Operating, Debt Service, and Capital Funds at Period Ending December 31, 2014
Attachment: FY 2014-15 Operating Fund Budget Amendment #4 - DECEMBER 31 2014.pdf
Attachment: December 2014 Budget Amendment Explanations.pdf
Attachment: FY 2014-15 Capital Funds Budget Amendments - Resolutions #4 - 6.pdf
Attachment: FY 2014-15 Debt Service Budget Amendment - Resolution #1.pdf
Attachment: FY 2014-15 Financial Statements - December 31, 2014.pdf
F. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

14. School Recognition Bonuses
Attachment: Attachment 1, 2014-15 School Recognition Awards Calculated at $85 per FTE.pdf
F. Accounting Services

15. Investment Performance Report for the Quarter Ending December 31, 2014
Attachment: BREVARD_4Q14 Complete.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

17. Purchasing Bids, RFP's, RFQ's and Sales & Services Agreements
Attachment: a - ITB 15-B-033-AL - Temporary Personnel Services.pdf
Attachment: b - ITB 15-B-040-DR Purchase of 2015 Refrigerate Truck Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: c - PB 15-PB-050-LU - Rental Equipment (Co-op).pdf
Attachment: d - RFP 12-005JO - HVAC Mechanical Contractor Service - 6 Month Extension.pdf
Attachment: e - SC 15-SC-039-DR - Purchase of 2015 Freightliner Sprinter Van.pdf
Attachment: f - SC 15-SC-046-DR - Purchase of Vehicles off State Contract for Transportation.pdf
Attachment: g - SSA 15-340-AL- Blackburn Consulting Group.pdf
Attachment: h - SSA 15-384-AL Kagan Professional Development.pdf
Attachment: i - SSA 15-400-AL - The Vision Board LLC.pdf
Attachment: j - SSA 15-416-AL - Holly Ludgate, Ed.D..pdf
Attachment: k - SSA 15-435-AL - Karen Kangas.pdf
Attachment: l - additional accounting string.pdf
18. Property Disposal
Attachment: Board Report 2-10-15.pdf
Attachment: Board Letters 2-10-15.pdf
F. Human Resources

19. Adult Education Part-Time Teacher Salary Increases
Attachment: Adlut Ed-01202015.pdf
20. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 02-10-15.pdf
21. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 2-10-15.pdf
Attachment: 2015 February 10 ESOL Handout.pdf
F. Title I/Early Childhood Education/Head Start

23. Head Start Governing Board and Policy Council Report for December 2014
Attachment: Head Start Governing Board and Policy Council Monthly Report Dec 2014.pdf
F. Exceptional Student Education

24. Approve the New Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Policies and Procedures (SP&P) Effective 2014-2017
Attachment: SPP 2014-2017 Final 12 23 2014.pdf
F. South Area Superintendent

25. Request for Palm Bay Magnet High School MCJROTC Cadet to Participate in the 2015 JROTC Service Regional Championships in Anniston, Alabama
Attachment: PBMHS MCJROTC - 2015 Service Championships - Anniston, AL.pdf
F. Central Area Superintendent

26. Field Trip - Cocoa High School FIRST Robotics - FIRST Buckeye Regional in Cleveland, OH
Attachment: CHS Robotics Cleveland OH.pdf
27. Consultant Agreement - Viera High School - Matt de la Peña
Attachment: VHS author bio.pdf
Attachment: VHS author contract.pdf
28. Consultant Agreement - Ocean Breeze Elementary - Dr. Chew
Attachment: L. Chew Resume.pdf
Attachment: Ocean Breeze consultant - Dr Chew.pdf
29. Contract/Field Trip - Viera High Football Game vs Allen High School in Allen, Texas
Attachment: VHS Football - Allen TX Itinerary.pdf
Attachment: VHS Football contract vs Allen TX.pdf
F. North Area Superintendent

30. Merritt Island FIRST Robotics Team 801 - FIRST World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri
Attachment: Robotics.pdf
31. B.E.L.I.E.V.E. motivational speaker for Professional Development Day at Merritt Island High School
Attachment: Dorina .pdf
F. Facilities Services

32. Approval of Independent Citizens Oversight Committee
Attachment: Recommended ICOC Members.pdf

Prior to the Board vote, Dr. Binggeli explained to the viewing audience how the committee was recommended and named and recognized the members of the ICOC Selection Committee.  Those members were:

  • One member from each of the four Chambers of Commerce in Brevard County: Deborah Blair, Vicki Mays, Tom Vani  and Bob Wille who was elected chairman.
  • One member from the Capital Outlay Committee, representing the local governments in Brevard County: Peggy Busacca; and
  • One parent of a Brevard Public Schools student from the north, central and south areas:  Heather Barlow, Sharon Gearin  and Janet Thibault.

After the committee was approved, Mrs. Kneessy recognized the inaugural Independent Citizens Oversight Committee by name. She explained that the committee would have  their organizational meeting later this month, and will meet at least quarterly thereafter, and will report to the School Board at least once each year.   Their mission is to ensure that the funds from the one-half cent sales surtax are used to deliver the facilities, technology and school security projects contained in the list published prior to the election. 

On behalf of the School Board, she thanked them for their willingness to serve both the citizens and the students of our community. 


Approve the 10 applicants recommended by the ICOC Selection Committee as the inaugural Independent Citizens Oversight Committee.

      Brian Blenis
      Eugene Cavallucci
      Terry Chevallier
      Daniel Daniels
      Sherri O'Shea
      Gary Shiffrin
      Kayla Spellman
      Billy Stover
      Matthew Susin
      Mark Young


Vote Results
Motion: Misty Haggard-belford
Second: Karen Henderson
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

33. Reappoint School Board Representative to Melbourne Beach's Local Planning Agency
34. GMP for Additional Head Start Playground Equipment at Endeavour Elementary School
Attachment: Canaveral Construction Co GMP for Head Start Playground - Budget Worksheet Revised 12-30-14.pdf
35. Palm Bay HS Law Academy - HVAC Chilled Water Pipe - Change Order and Close-out
Attachment: Palm Bay HS Law Academy - HVAC Chilled Water Pipe - Change Order and Close-out.pdf
36. Roosevelt Elementary School - HVAC Upgrades - Change Order and Close-out
Attachment: Roosevelt ES HVAC Upgrades - Final Change Order and Close-out.pdf
37. Rockledge High School - Roof Replacement at Multiple Buildings - Change Order and Close-out
Attachment: Rockledge High School - Roof Replacement at Multiple Buildings - Final Change Order and Close-out.pdf
38. Roof Replacement at Multiple Buildings at West Melbourne Elementary School and Palm Bay High School - Final Change Order and Close-out
Attachment: West Melbourne E.S. and Palm Bay H.S. - Roof Replacement - Final Change Order and Close-out.pdf
39. Palm Bay Elementary School GMP for Roof and HVAC Chiller Replacement
Attachment: Palm Bay E S GMP for Roof and HVAC Replacements.pdf
F. Plant Operation & Maintenance

40. Emergency Purchase for University Park Elementary
Attachment: Purchase Order #21504852 Package.pdf
41. Emergency Purchase for Enterprise Elementary
Attachment: Purchase Order #21504853 Package.pdf
42. Emergency Purchase for Enterprise Elementary
Attachment: Purchase Order #21506785 Package.pdf
43. Emergency Purchase for Educational Services Facility (ESF)
Attachment: Purchase Order #21502196 Package.pdf
44. Plant Operations and Maintenance Building 1 Metal Roof Repair
Attachment: PO&M BLDG. 1 Roof Repair Bid-Quote.pdf
Attachment: PO&M BLDG Roof Repair Maintenance Work Request.pdf
Attachment: Project Budget Worksheet for PO&M Building 1 Roof Repair (2).pdf
45. Emergency Purchase for Lockmar Elementary
Attachment: Purchase Order #21507531 Package.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

46. Approval of Consent

Approve the February 10, 2015 Consent Agenda with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: John Craig
Second: Karen Henderson
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
F. School Food and Nutrition

16. 2015-16 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant


Ms. Henderson asked that the item be pulled.  She asked why this grant would be needed if we are already serving fruits and vegetables in our student lunches. 

Kevin Thornton, director of Food and Nutrition Services explained that this grant allows students to be exposed to different kinds of fruits and vegetables than are normally served in student lunches.  The grant also offers an education component as well.


Approved the submission of the Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) application packet for the following elementary schools:  Cambridge, Endeavour and Saturn.  - PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Misty Haggard-belford
Second: Andrew Ziegler
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Nay
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

F. Employee Benefits

22. BlueFin LLC First Amendment to System Access Agreement
Attachment: System Access Agreement Amendment BlueFin.pdf
Attachment: SSA 2014-398-WH - BlueFinHR - Fully Executed.pdf

Mr. Ziegler pulled this item for discussion. He asked some questions regarding the software and clarified what it actually did.  He felt that the money would be better spent by hiring two people; one for Educational Technologies and one for Compensation and Benefits.

Mr. Ziegler made inquires of both Mr. Butto and Ms. Standley regarding what the district actually does for this process and questioned if we could actually do the work rather than pay a vendor for these services.

Mr. Ziegler proposed several options:

  • Limit the extension two to four months
  • Use the money for employees
  • Ask Bluefin to continue for a flat rate of 50,000 for the rest of the year

There was extensive discussion between Board member on the viability of the options presented.

Mrs. Henderson made a motion to accept the recommendation as written.  The motion died for lack of a second.

There was discussion from multiple Board members on the effectiveness of Willis on behalf of the Board and the district.  It was stated that it was the responsibility of Willis and Associates to bring options regarding this arena and it was believed they had not met that responsibility. Mrs. Kneessy argued that this is an old issue and feels the Board is having to do what Willis should have already done. She said the Board would have to take some action if we are at the same place next year.

Mr. Ziegler made a motion  extend the Bluefin contract for only four months and the motion was seconded by Mr. Craig.

Mrs. Belford said if this was to go forward, that staff should be given very clear directions on what is to happen over the next four months.

Mrs. Kneessy asked about extending for six months and Mr. Ziegler said he would not support that.  Mrs. Henderson wanted to make a motion to extend for six months.  However, during voting, the motion to extend for four months was approved four to one.

Chairman Kneessy called for a recess at 7:41 p.m.

Chairman Kneessy reconvened the meeting at 7:51 p.m.


Amend to extend the Bluefin HR, LLC contract for only four months.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: John Craig
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Nay
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

G. Action
G. Curriculum & Instruction

47. 2014-2015 Student Progression Plan for Brevard Public Schools


Chairman Kneessy declared the public hearing open at 7:52 p.m.

Hearing no speakers, the public  hearing was adjourned at 7:52. p.m.



Hold a Public Hearing and approve the 2014-2015 Student Progression Plan for Brevard Public Schools.

Vote Results
Motion: Misty Haggard-belford
Second: Karen Henderson
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

H. Information
H. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

48. Resolution Relating to Flexibility of Categorical Funding
Attachment: The 2014 Florida Statutes - 1011.62 (6)(b) Resolution for Categorical Flexible Spending.pdf
Attachment: Categorical Flexible Spending Resolution 2014-15.pdf
H. Human Resources

49. Facilities Services Job Descriptions - Bargaining Unit Positions
Attachment: ElecTechI.pdf
Attachment: ElecTechII.pdf
Attachment: ElecTechIII.pdf
Attachment: Grounds Maint Tech.pdf
Attachment: Training Custodian.pdf
Attachment: Facilities Fund Accountant.pdf
Attachment: Coordinator - Custodial.pdf
Attachment: Facilities Planner.pdf
50. Facilities Services Job Descriptions - Nonbargaining
Attachment: Supervisor - Custodial.pdf
Attachment: EnvironHealthSafetyEngineer.pdf
H. Office of Professional Learning and Development

51. School Year Calendar Standards and the 2015-2016 School Year Calendar
Attachment: 2015-16 BPS CALENDAR_DRAFT A Aug 12 start.pdf
Attachment: 2015-16 BPS CALENDAR_DRAFT B Aug 17 start.pdf
Attachment: 2015-16 BPS CALENDAR_DRAFT C Aug 24 start.pdf
Attachment: Standards for Calendar Draft 2015-2016 2.10.2015.pdf

Mrs. Henderson expressed to the viewing audience that now is the time to get in touch with local legislators to let them know that the establishment of a district calendar should be a local decision, not mandated by the state.

Mrs. Kneessy asked to have information about the three calendar options disseminated to principals for publication in newsletters, on Edline, and the district.

H. Secondary Programs

52. High School and Middle School Instructional Program Course Lists for 2015-2016
Attachment: 2015-2016 High School Courses (Compiled 01202015).pdf
Attachment: 2015-2016 Middle School Courses (Compiled 01202015).pdf
H. North Area Superintendent

53. Merritt Island High Band trip to Atlanta, Georgia
H. Facilities Services

54. Release of Revisionary Interest on Melbourne Property
Attachment: City of Melbourne Response.pdf
Attachment: Signed letter to School Board Chair Kneessy.pdf

There was discussion among the Board on what is fair and reasonable compensation as well as what is the best for the students of Brevard.  Ultimately, the Board reiterated what they said in the Board Workshop that took place on January 27, 2015. The general consensus of the Board is for BRAG and the City of Melbourne to bring a concrete offer to the Board outlining legally the terms as well as how an endowment would be managed, how the property will be maintained, and how they will ensure that there is some sort of protection not allowing a request for tax abatement.

Mr. Ziegler asked for staff to be part of the development of the agreement.  The consensus from the other Board members was that it was not necessary for staff to be a part.  However, Ms. Kneessy agreed that BRAG and the City of Melbourne could turn to her for questions.

I. Staff Reports
J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
55. Board Member Reports


Board members relayed the various events and activities they had each attended since the last Board meeting.

Mr. Ziegler said that the Senate is driving the testing and accountability discussion, but there is very little from the House.  He said if anyone gets an opportunity to speak to anyone in the House to ask them to pay attention to what is being done in the Senate.

Mrs. Henderson asked for some clarification from Ms. Standley about vendors being brought in to the SAIC.

Mr. Craig mentioned that it still seems that children are being placed in the middle when it comes to opting out of testing and that is the very thing the Board does not want to happen.

Ms. Kneessy thanked the other Board members for being so active in the community and with the schools.

A Board request was given to find out if immunizations extend to Adult Education and GED students.


L. Superintendent's Report
56. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: Dr. Binggeli said that he had the privilege of eating lunch with about 30 or so of the district's custodians who had been taking a class to improve themselves at their jobs. He said these folks take immense pride in their work and know that it transcends to our mission of helping children. 

M. Adjournment
57. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Kneessy adjourned the meeting at 8:54 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).