02-12-2008 Regular School Board Meeting

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in regular session on Tuesday, February 12, 2008, 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 7, 2008 and 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


Chairman Janice Kershaw called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call


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

Chairman Kershaw requested a moment of silence for Stephanie Frucella, a teacher at Palm Bay Community Charter School-Patriot Campus for her untimely passing.

A-3. Invocation (Jacob Spann, 6th Grade, Imperial Estates E.S.)
3. Invocation

Minutes: Jacob Spann, 6th grade student from Imperial Estates Elementary presented the Board with the Invocation.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Amanda Holmes, 5th Grade, Imperial Estates E.S.)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Amanda Holmes, 5th Grade student from Imperial Estates Elementary led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A-5. Entertainment (Imperial Estates 5th/6th Grade Chorus)
5. Entertainment


Imperial Estates 5th and 6th Grade Chorus, under the direction of Bruce Penticoff, who entertained the Board Members prior to the start of the board meeting played one additional number.

Dr. DiPatri took this oppurtunity to thank Mr. Penticoff and his students for entertaining the Board.

Chairman Kershaw called for a two minute break.

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


Dr. DiPatri read the following changes in the agenda.

Consent Additions
F-23.  Involuntary Termination of Instructional Employee, Sherry S. Brantley

Consent Revisions
F-2.    Student Expulsion
F-4.    Purchasing Bids
F-6.    Instructional Staff Recommendations (Addendum)
F-12.  Approve the Proposed GED Tesing Fee Increase (attachment)

Action Additions
G-1.   Soft Redistricting (Revision)

Action Deletions
G-1.   Policy 7120 - Criteria for Balancing School Membership to Capacity (moved to H-15)

Information Additions
H-15.  Policy 7120 - Criteria for Balancing School Membership to Capacity





Approve the Adoption of the Agenda for the School Board Meeting of February 12, 2008.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Robert Jordan
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests
B. Board Office/Superintendent

7. B-1. Recognition of Bob Seemer


Dr. DiPatri recognized Susan Lamm-Merritt, Assistant Professor at Brevard Community College, along with her students, future educators, for attending this evening's board meeting.

Dr. DiPatri recognized Bob Seemer, Electronic Training Solutions, for his outstanding assistance and counsel in helping Brevard Public Schools in earning the 2007 Governor's Sterling Award.

Bob Seemer has volunteered to assist Brevard Public Schools for the next eighteen months in improving the organization at all levels and help us be the best education organization in the country.

Mr. Seemer took this opportunity to thank Dr. DiPatri and Ms. Kershaw for the recognition.


B. Accounting Services

8. B-2. Recognize Principals and Bookkeepers for Exemplary Internal Accounts Audit Reports


Dr. DiPatri introduced Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Finance, who recognized the following principals and bookkeepers for exemplary internal accounts audit reports.

The following principals and bookkeepers are being recognized for an exemplary internal accounts audit with no audit findings for FY07: 




Gemini Elementary

Joan Holliday

Janet Tworkowski

Lockmar Elementary

Norma Hostetler

Wilma Lebkuecher

Cape View Elementary

Sharon Horton

Vicky Byrnes

Hoover Middle

Barbara Rodrigues

Terry Millar

Roosevelt Elementary

Dorothy Richardson

Myrna Bowker

Surfside Elementary

Susan Murray

Marcia Roberts

Carroll Elementary

Pennie Wade

Shannon Cross

Mims Elementary

Priscilla Reams

Brenda O’Brien

Pinewood Elementary

Donna Neill

Nanise Nails




The following principals and bookkeepers are being recognized for an exemplary internal accounts audit with no audit findings for two years consecutively: 

Bayside High

John Tuttle

Debra Lucas

Discovery Elementary

Barbra McCalla

Nancy Kuhn

Indialantic Elementary

Mary Cassidy

Marie Greco

Andersen Elementary

Denise Johnson

Angel Greene

Audubon Elementary

Lynn Francisco

Kim Burns

Golfview Elementary

Jacqueline Feagin

Elise Keaton

Manatee Elementary

Carl Brown

Heather Spinneweber

Mila Elementary

Dr. Betsy Butler

Patricia Pitron

Ralph Williams Elementary

Cynthia Ford

Maureen Munn

Stevenson Elementary

Michael Corneau

Jane Dumont

Tropical Elementary

Jane Respess

Debbie Legge


B. Secondary Programs

9. B-3. Harris Science Teacher Hall of Fame - Induction of Richard Regan


Dr. DiPatri introduced Cindy Kane, Director Harris Corporate Relations and Global Inclusion, who, along with Dr. Walter Christy, Director of Secondary Programs, Ginger Davis, Science Resource Teacher, Ed Short, Science Resource Teacher, recognized the initial seven science teachers inducted into the Harris Science Hall of Fame. 

            The Hall of Fame teachers are:  Jana Gabrielski, Suntree Elementary; Carolyn Howell, Palm Bay High; Raul Montes, Cocoa High; Nancy Rehwoldt, Surfside Elementary; Lisa Scott, Satellite High; and Guytri Still, McNair Magnet, Nancy Rehwoldt, Surfside Elementary who were each presented with a $100 honorarium.

Ms. Davis announced Richard Reagan, Stone Middle School Science Teacher, as the newest inductee to the Science Hall of Fame. He was presented with a $1,000 honorarium and a framed certificate provided by the Brevard Schools Foundation and Harris Corporation.  Dr. DiPatri and Chairman Janice Kershaw also joined in to congratulate these outstanding teachers for a job well done.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
D. Presentations
D. Curriculum and Instruction

10. D-1. Secondary Schools of National Prominence - Part I
Attachment: SSNP February 12 2008.pdf

Dr. DiPatri stated to the Board that this will be Part I of a two part presentation on Secondary Schools of National Prominence (SSNP). Dr. DiPatri then introduced Dr. Walter Christy, Director of Secondary Schools, who presented along with Margaret Lewis, Director of Career and Technical Education, Janice Scholz, Resource Teacher  and Hope Ascher, Resource Teacher.

Ms. Kershaw took the opportunity to thank the SSNP team for helping prepare her for giving this presentation to the Central Florida Public School Board Coalition Best Practices conference.

Dr. DiPatri also thanked the SSNP team and all the others that exceeded his expectations in the implementation of this program.

E. Public Discussion
11. Public Discussion


The Chair 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 repond to issues this evening but the Superintendent of Schools will investigate your concerns and resond in a timely manner. The following persons addressed the Board:

1.   Anne Spencer, BFT Rockledge - MAP and Teacher salaries
2.   John Russo, BET, Rockledge - Imposition of MAP
3.   Dean Paterakis, Melbourne - Unethical Behavior
4.   Dan Bennett, Cocoa - Vocational Ed. / SSNP




F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

12. F-1. Approve Minutes
13. F-2. Student Expulsions
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

14. F-3. Surplus Property
Attachment: FEB_12_08.pdf
15. F-4. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, Sales and Services Agreement
Attachment: 08-027BM Bleacher and Backstop Repair and Motorization.pdf
Attachment: 08-026JJ Classroom and Art Supplies.pdf
Attachment: 08-029BM Carpet, Vinyl Sheeting and Ceramic Tile Installers.pdf
Attachment: SSA 0807CH TeachFirst - Title I - 2.12.08.pdf
Attachment: SSA 0808CH American Reading Corp - Title I - 2.12.08.pdf
Attachment: RFP 08006CH Award Rec. Agreement - 2.12.08.pdf
Attachment: 08-024BP Bulk Commodity Processing.pdf
Attachment: 06-034CN AC and Heating Parts Reaward.pdf
Attachment: 08-028BM Inspection, Maintenance and Testing of the Kitchen Hood Fire Suppression Systems.pdf
F. Human Resources

16. F-5. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 02-12-08.pdf
17. F-6. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 02-12-08.pdf
Attachment: ESOL Feb 12.08.pdf
F. Labor Relations

18. F-7. 2008-2009 Staffing Plan Recommendations
F. Elementary Programs

19. F-8. Approve the Agreement with Simon Property Group(Melbourne Square Mall) and Merritt Square Mall Merchants Association, Inc. for the Elementary Art Shows
Attachment: Common Area Application.pdf
Attachment: Hold Harmless.pdf
F. Secondary Programs

20. F-9. Request for New Courses: Experimental Design
Attachment: Experimental Science 2.pdf
Attachment: Experimental Science 3.pdf
Attachment: exp sci I course form.pdf
Attachment: Experimental Science 4.pdf
Attachment: Experimental Science I.pdf
Attachment: exp sci 2 course form.pdf
Attachment: exp sci 3 course form.pdf
Attachment: exp sci 4 course form.pdf
21. F-10. Approval of Middle School and High School Instructional Program Course List for 2008-09
Attachment: courselists.pdf
F. Adult/Community Education

22. F-11. Approve the Adult and Community Education Contract between Southern Expressions by Christalee, Inc.
Attachment: Chrissy.pdf
F. Exceptional Education

23. F-13. Amendment #1 and Amendment #2 to Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B and PreK
Attachment: AmendmentOneIDEARollforward.pdf
Attachment: Amend.1doe151.pdf
Attachment: Amendment2RollForward.pdf
Attachment: Amend.1-150-project-amendment-request.pdf
Attachment: Amend.2-150-project-amendment-request.pdf
Attachment: Amend.Twodoe151.pdf
F. Area I Superintendent

24. F-14. Palm Bay High School MCJROTC Rifle Team Field Trip to Fort Benning, Georgia
Attachment: PBHS ROTC Trip Feb 13-17, 2008.pdf
F. Area II Superintendent

25. F-15. Field Trip for the Satellite High School Dance/Flag Team to Participate in the Winterguard International World Championships in Dayton, OH - April 8-13, 2008
F. Area III Superintendent

26. F-16. Contracted Services Agreement Andersen Elementary School Dr. Diana Grabowski/Mobile Science Education
Attachment: Andersen 1_08.pdf
27. F-17. Contracted Services Agreement Golfview Elementary Magnet School Dr. Stephanie Pasley, Step by Step Expressions, Inc.
Attachment: Golfview 1_08 Pasley.pdf
28. F-18. Contracted Service Agreement Golfview Elementary Magnet School for Sharon Ketts, Northeast Foundation for Children: Responsive Classroom
Attachment: Golfview 1_08 Ketts.pdf
F. Area IV Superintendent

29. F-19. Representation on the North Brevard Commission on Parks & Recreation District #1
F. Facilities Services

30. F-20. HVAC System Upgrades
Attachment: HVAC System Upgrades.pdf
31. F-21. Conveyance of 7.9 +/- Acre Parcel to the City of Titusville for Stormwater Retention Pond
F. Plant Operation & Maintenance

32. F-22. Demolish 2 District Owned Portable Classrooms
F. Additional Items

33. F-23. Involuntary Termination of Instructional Employee, Sherry S. Brantley
Attachment: Sherry Brantley.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

34. Approval of Consent Agenda

A motion to accept Items F-1 through Item F-11, Item F-13 through Item F-23.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Larry Hughes
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Adult/Community Education

35. F-12. Approve the Proposed GED Testing Fee Increase
Attachment: Estimated GED Budget#364F8B.pdf
Attachment: GED Testing Fees for#364FCC.pdf

Ms. Kershaw pulled this item to discuss her concerns about the GED fee increase. She would like to see the district find a way to cover the GED Testing Fee increase without impacting the students.

Mr. Hughes agreed with the concerns brought up by Ms. Kershaw and questioned Dr. DiPatri whether this item could be delayed.

Dr. DiPatri stated that this item could be tabled to a subsequent meeting to help find other sources to cover the Fee or not have such a steep increase in the fee.

Dr. Murray questioned John Wigley, Director of Adult & Community Education, about the program and stated her concerns about the traditional system not meeting the needs of those identified students.

Dr. DiPatri stated that those identified students are placed in a competency based program which is available at all high schools. In addition, Mr. Wigley runs an adult day school and night school at both ends of the county and in the central part of the county.

Ms. Kneessy mentioned that we have not raised the fee for ten years. Her viewpoint is that students pay fees when they leave high school for testing and college admission. She stated that the School Board is in a deficit situation and cannot support keeping this fee at $40.00 if it is coming out of our budget.

Mr. Jordan questioned Mr. Wigley and stated that he agrees with Ms. Kneessy that this fee increase is the cost of doing business. He will wait to see the information to make his final decision.

Dr. DiPatri pulled this item to be brought back at a subsequent meeting.

No action was taken on this item.

 Ms. Kershaw called for a video break at 6:53 p.m.,  featuring music performances from " Sound Waves" TV show on BPS-TV.  The meeting reconvened at 7:08 p.m.

G. Action
G. Project Management

36. G-1. Soft Redistricting
Attachment: Area 1 (Revised 2-11-08).pdf
Attachment: Area 2 (Revised 2-11-08).pdf
Attachment: Area 3 (Revised 2-11-08).pdf
Attachment: Area 4 (Revised 2-11-08).pdf

Ms. Kershaw stated that there was four speakers on Item G-1.

1.    Tammy Planuche - No show
2.    Don Middlebrook, Melbourne - Soft Redistricting
3.    Lynn Forst, Port St. John - Soft Redistricting
4.    Christina Fessner, Cocoa - Soft Redistricting     

Ms. Kershaw requested that the Superintendent give a synopsis of the changes of this item.

Dr. DiPatri called the Area Superintendents, Ed Curry and Dane Theodore to explain the changes in each of the four areas.

Board Members asked questions of the staff on each area in the district. 

Ms. Kershaw stated that this will allow the Board to move forward with this item and take it to public hearing on March 25, 2008.

Approve the following changes for the 2008-09 school year to reduce student enrollment at schools where student enrollment is projected to exceed permanent FISH capacity by 110% or more and authorize the Superintendent to advertise for a public hearing: Area I Recommendation #1: Discovery Elementary, McAuliffe Elementary and Lockmar Elementary Change the student attendance boundaries for these schools using "soft" redistricting criteria. Specific recommendations are contained on attached Recommendation Sheet #1. Area II Recommendation #2: Roy Allen Elementary and Meadowlane Elementary. Continue the "Cap and Bus" Policy currently in effect at these schools. Specific recommendations are contained on attached Recommendation Sheet #2 (Revised 2-11-08). Recommendation #3: Suntree Elementary and Longleaf Elementary Change the student attendance boundaries for these schools using "soft" redistricting criteria. Specific recommendations are contained on attached Recommendation Sheet #3 (Revised 2-11-08). Area III Recommendation #4: Lewis Carroll Elementary and Mila Elementary Change the student attendance boundaries for these schools using "soft" redistricting criteria. Specific recommendations are contained on attached Recommendation Sheet #4 (Revised 2-1-08). Recommendation #5: Williams Elementary, Manatee Elementary, Quest Elementary and Andersen Elementary Change the student attendance boundaries for these schools using "soft" redistricting criteria and end the "cap and bus" policy from Manatee ES to Quest ES. Specific recommendations are contained on attached Recommendation Sheet #5. Area IV Recommendation #6: Imperial Estates Elementary, Apollo Elementary, Coquina Elementary and Challenger 7 Elementary Change the student attendance boundaries for Imperial Estates Elementary, Apollo Elementary, Coquina Elementary using "soft" redistricting criteria and limit out-of-area approvals for Challenger 7 Elementary students seeking a traditional calendar to Imperial Estates Elementary only. Specific recommendations are contained on attached Recommendation Sheet #6 (Revised 2-1-08). - PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Larry Hughes
Second: Robert Jordan
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

H. Information
H. Accounting Services

37. H-1. Comprehensive Annual Financial Report - June 30, 2007
H. Human Resources

38. H-2. School Board Policy Revisions - NEOLA Recommendations
Attachment: NEOLA Policies Revisions - Information - 02-12-08.pdf

Mr. Hughes requested that this item be pulled. He stated that he went through all the policies and could not find anything wrong with them.

Ms. Kershaw requested more information on policy 7540.10 Web Server policy.

H. Curriculum & Instruction

39. H-3. Elementary K-6 Core Reading/Language Arts Program Adoption
Attachment: Adoption Timeline-3.pdf
Attachment: Executive Summary - Elementary ReadingLanguage Arts Recommendation.pdf
40. H-4. SOAR 2008
Attachment: SOAR Bd agenda item-attachment.pdf

Ms. Kneessy pulled this item to state her concern about the $5.8 million price tag for the summer school program (SOAR) especially the portion that is optional. The district is faced with many financial concerns that have to be addressed and this is one area that the Board could look into.

Dr. DiPatri stated that the process that he is looking at is for the Board to approve the program and at the same time we will begin discussion on which part of the program could be eliminated.

Mr. Jordan asked what criteria that the district will be using to cut the budget without harming the students.

Dr. DiPatri stated that there really is not that much in the way of criteria except having the least negative impact on the students. The district has already taken 10% out of every single department and frozen positions. What will be brought back to the Board is an array of options.

H. Accountability, Testing & Evaluation

41. H-5. School Advisory Council Membership Report
Attachment: Attachment item.Feb.2008.Sylvia.SAC.pdf
H. Title I/Early Childhood Education

42. H-6. Summer Voluntary Prekindergarten
H. Secondary Programs

43. H-7. Teaching American History Grant Professional Development Programs - Creating Modern America
44. H-8. Evaluation Consulting Services for Teaching American History Grant Professional Development Programs
45. H-9. Secondary Comprehensive Reading Intervention Program Adoption
Attachment: Board Agenda Item ~ CIRP Text adoption Executive Summary.pdf
46. H-10. 2007 Smaller Learning Communities Grant

Minutes: Ms. Kershaw pulled this item to get some additional information on the 6.7 million dollar grant for four schools and would like to see the plan for expending that amount of money.
H. Area I Superintendent

47. H-11. Loan for Melbourne High School Multi-Purpose Field
Attachment: Melbourne High Multi-Purpose Field.pdf
H. Area III Superintendent

48. H-12. Consultant Agreements: Clearlake Middle School, Sherwood Elementary School and Surfside Elementary School
Attachment: 3 Contracts.pdf
Attachment: RSmith.pdf
49. H-13. Consultant Agreement: Gardendale Elementary - Forney Educational, Inc.
Attachment: GEMS Forney 2_08.pdf
H. Facilities Services

50. H-14. Central Area Adult/Alternative Education Center Lease


Mr. Hughes pulled this item to inquire about the genesis of a rumor of losing the Central Area Alternative Education Center.

Dr. DiPatri stated that the genesis was in inquiring about information about moving the location of the Central Area Alternative Education Center which resulted in rumors.

Ed Curry, Assistant Superintendent of Facility Services, recommended that we renew the contract at the current price for the next five years with a non funding clause.

H. Project Management

51. H-15. Policy 7120 - Criteria for Balancing School Membership to Capacity
Attachment: Policy 7120-Criteria for Balancing School Membership to Capacity 2-12-08 .pdf
Attachment: Policy Change Sheet - 7120 1-9-08.pdf

Ms. Kershaw pulled this item to request that Dr. DiPatri consider putting in language that would have the Board consider free/reduced and ethnicity in the conversation when we are moving students.

Ms. Kneessy stated her concerns that a family unit in not always mother, father, sister, and brother. You might have more than brothers and sisters living under one roof which is why the district needs a broader definition of family.

 Board Member Reports:

Dr. Murray took this time to congratulate the science faculty for an outstanding fair at the Merritt Square Mall and the award ceremony.

Dr. Murray thanked the Brevard County Symphony Orchestra for an absolutely outstanding program this year for our fifth grade students.

Ms. Kneessy thanked the district's reading committee for the outstanding job they did on our textbook selection.

Ms. Kneessy asked the Superintendent if it were possible for some of our teachers to have a classroom set of textbooks so that the students would not have to carry so many textbooks from class to class.

Dr. DiPatri stated that he would look into this but it is cost prohibitive.

Mr. Hughes stated that he participated in the Brevard Schools Foundation fundraiser -3 vs 3 soccer tournament. Lynn Clifton and her team did a very nice job and raised a significant amount of money, every dollar will go to Take Stock in Children.

Mr. Jordan stated that we all went to the Blue Ribbon ceremony and said that he would have to insist that the little girl who sang should come and sing before the Board to show the talent, because he has never experienced hearing a voice like that in such a little person.

Ms. Kershaw agreed with Dr. Murray in regards to the performance of the Brevard County Symphony Orchestra, especially having the composer in person to debut the Space Coast Suite which was written in part by four of Brevards elementary schools. 

Ms. Kershaw mentioned a new interactive software tool designed for rezoning school districts that was presented at the Best Practices of Central Florida Public School Board Coalition.

Ms. Kershaw requested that the Superintendent keep track of the impact of the Federal Rebate and whether the State will revise their projections on the budget reductions.

Dr. Murray questioned the Superintendent on the Class size amendment. Dr. DiPatri stated the information that is moving through the legislature is that they will leave the amendment the way that it is and move it to the individual classroom but no classroom will exceed the constitutional limits by more than 5 students.

Ms. Kershaw mentioned the good news about the penalty for non compliance that was avoided by the Palm Bay Charter School and with that would the district to be considered a high performing district.

Dr. DiPatri stated that we meet the criteria now and we are anxiously awaiting our coronation.  

Ms. Kershaw adjourned the meeting at 7:54 p.m.


I. Staff Reports
J. Additional Public Presentations (If Reguired)
K. Board Member Reports
L. Superintendent's Report
M. Adjournment