02-12-2013 Regular School Board Meeting


MISSION: TO SERVE EVERY STUDENT WITH EXCELLENCE AS THE STANDARD

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in the Florida Today newspaper on Monday, February 4, 2013. 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 to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

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

A-3. Invocation (Olivia Bray, 10th Grade, Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High)
3. Invocation

Minutes: Olivia Bray, 10th grade student of Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School, read the Invocation.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Zain Khan, 9th Grade, Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Zain Kahn, 9th grade student of Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A-5. Entertainment (Cocoa Beach J/S High Hammerheads)
5. Entertainment

Minutes: 

Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School Hammerheads, under the direction of Yvonne Campbell, entertained the Board and the viewing audience prior to the start of the meeting, played one additional number.

Chairman Dr. Murray thanked Ms. Campbell and her students for entertaining the Board.

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Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called for a brief recess at 5:39 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 5:44 p.m.
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A-6. Emergency Item
A-7. Adoption of Agenda
6. Adoption of Agenda

Minutes: 

Dr. Binggeli read the following changes into the agenda:

Recognition Deletions
National Model Schools of Professional Learning Communities at Work
School Board Foundation Recognition

Consent Revisions
F-10.   Student Explusions
F-18.   Instructional Staff Recommendations
F-19.   Fee for Submission of Choice Out-of-Area Applications

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray requested to amend the agenda to bring the Action Items (for the school closings) to follow immediately after Public Discussion.



Motions:
Approve the February 12, 2013 School Board meeting agenda, its revisions along with moving the Action Items for school closing to follow public discussion.- 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: 

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
C. Resolutions/Proclamations
D. Presentations
E. Public Discussion
8. Public Discussion

Minutes: 

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray reminded the public that there is a maximum allotted time for each speaker of three minutes.  She reminded the public that the Board will not respond to the comments or requests but the Superintendent of Schools will investigate and respond in a timely manner.

  1. Vida Escue, Titusville - Conspiracy
  2. Sarah Aloise, Indialantic - Media Assistants
  3. Denise Coyle, Palm Bay - Resignation of Teacher/Security
  4. Misty Belford,  - Community Support
  5. Dan Bennett, BFT, Rockledge - Labor Relations
  6. John Pilley, Viera - Corridor Bussing
  7. Martha Franco, Cocoa - Community Issues
  8. Rev. Glenn Dames, Titusville -  School Improvement

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray thanked the speakers and stated that their willingness to speak before the Board is appreciated.  In addition, she thanked all the public for their input, that was experienced over the past several months, as well as from the community leaders.  She noted that the Board has listened, taken every suggestion under consideration, and reviewed every alternative situation to solve this issue.

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Prior to moving into the Action agenda, Ms. Kneessy requested that each school closing be voted on separately from the boundaries. The Board unanimously agreed.


F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

9. Approval of Minutes
10. Student Expulsions
Attachment: February 12 2013 Expulsions.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Financial Services

11. Financial Statements with Operating Budget Amendment for the Period ending December 31, 2012
Attachment: December 2012 Financials.pdf
Attachment: Budget Amendment #4 - December 31 2012.pdf
Attachment: December 2012 budget amend explanations.pdf
F. Accounting Services

12. Investment Performance Report for the Quarter Ending December 31, 2012
Attachment: BREVARD_4Q12_COMPLETE.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

13. Purchasing Bids, RFP's, RFQ's and Sales & Services Agreements
Attachment: a) ITB #12-004BP Agenda Item Minimum Wage Increase 2013.pdf
Attachment: b) ITB #12-014BP Agenda Item Minimum Wage Increase 2013 dr.pdf
Attachment: c) SS 13-SS-049-LL Hunter Equipment Accessories and Installation - Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: d) First Amendments to 21st Century Community Learning Center (Explorers University Grant) Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: e) First Amendments to 21st Century Community Learning Center (Zoo Explorers Grant) Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: f) First Amendments to 21st Century Community Learning Center (Zoo Explorers South Grant) Agenda Item.pdf
14. Property Disposal
Attachment: Feb. 12 Board Report.pdf
Attachment: Feb. 12 Board Letters.pdf
F. Human Resources

16. Coordinator - District Communications
Attachment: Coordinator - District Communications.pdf
17. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 02-12-13.pdf
18. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 02-12-13.pdf
Attachment: 2013 Feb 12 ESOL Supplement.pdf
F. School Choice

19. Fee for Submission of Choice and Out of Area Applications
Attachment: Recommendation - Scribbles Modified.pdf
20. Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) Grant
F. Instructional, Behavioral and Psychological Services

21. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Entitlement Projects Roll Forward Funds for Fiscal year 2012
F. Central Area Superintendent

22. Field Trip - Viera High Winter Guard - Winter Guard International World Championships in Dayton, OH
Attachment: VHS Winter Guard info.pdf
Attachment: VHS Winter Guard - Dayton OH.pdf
F. Facilities Services

23. Replacement of Exterior Repair Bay Cover at the North Area Bus Garage
Attachment: North Area Transportation Project Budget Worksheet 1-04-13.pdf
Attachment: North Area Transportation - Heard Construction Design Build Proposal 1-04-13.pdf
24. Change Order #1 to Emergency Purchase Order for Relocatable Classrooms for University Park Elementary School
Attachment: Change Order #1 to Emergency Purchase Order for Relocatable Classrooms for University Park ES.pdf
25. Safety to Life Improvements at Apollo Elementary School
Attachment: Apollo ES Life to Safety Improvements.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

26. Approval of Consent Agenda


Motions:
Approve the consent agenda of February 12, 2013, with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Transportation

15. Corridor Busing

Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy stated that some high schools get transportation to BCC and some do not.  She questioned whether the transportation to BCC would end if the Board votes to end corridor bussing.

Dr. Murray stated that a few months ago, there was some academies that were getting corridor bussing and others were not.  She noted to the public that was never the intention of the Board.

Arby Creach, Director of Transportation, noted that he looked back at the historical data and cannot find why one school gets bussing and one does not.

Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services, stated that Dr. Richard DiPatri, former Superintendent of Schools, gave very specific instructions that the first three academies would get transportation, and as they started growing, the rest would not.   She stated that there is approximately 37 academies at this point in time. 

Dr. Murray commented that at a previous Board meeting, she specifically asked about transportation to the academies and was guaranteed that everyone in those programs would get transportation.  Dr. Murray stated she was not very pleased when she found out otherwise.

Discussion ensued about  state funding the district receives for corridor bussing.  Dr. Binggeli stated that we are waiting for a legal opinion from the state.  He noted the state funding will be very much in jeopardy if the district goes to a fee based process, if we are even allowed to do that which will make it more costly.

Discussion ensued about dual enrollment, corridor bussing and how the younger students will get to BCC.



Motions:
Approve the proposal to eliminate corridor busing inclusive of academies and dual enrollment for the 2013-2014 school year.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: Harold Bistline, School Board Attorney, stated that he did not think that we are going to get an answer in writing from the Department of Education Transportation Department on this issue.  He stated that is why the district is continuing to work with the Legislative Delegation on this issue.

Motions:

Motion to implement Fee-Based Corridor bussing.

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Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson-
Amy Kneessy-
Michael Krupp-
Barbara Murray-
Andrew Ziegler-

Motion Minutes: 

Dr. Krupp agreed with Mr. Bistline on the FLDOE's position on fee-based corridor bussing and stated all the other reasons why they would hesitate.

Dr. Murray stated that fee-based bussing is a good idea but the Board should exercise caution so that we do not jeopardize state funding. She also stated a concern on how the district will distinguish the fees.

Mr. Ziegler asked Mr. Bistline if he ready in any of the statutes whether the district cannot charge for non-standard bussing.  Mr. Bistline answered in the negative. He also stated that the FLDOE unofficial answer is that you cannot do it.  Mr. Bistline stated that the Legislators said that you can. He noted that an attorney in the House stated that you can.

Mr. Bistline agreed with Dr. Murray in that we need more information.

Mr. Ziegler asked if Mr. Bistline read anywhere in the statutes that we can or can not charge for bussing within a two-mile distance.  Mr. Bistline stated that he read nothing that states it either way and stated that the FLDOE is aware that we do that, and that is all they will say.

Mr. Ziegler asked if Mr. Bistline read anywhere is the statutes about charging for extra-curricular usage of our busses for or against.  Mr. Bistline stated that there is some language about driving the students to and from schools required events but that is a whole different thing.

Mr. Ziegler stated that he does agree with Dr. Murray that we need more information but we have parents that are currently making decisions on choice schools at this time.

Discussion ensued between the Board, Dr. Binggeli, Ms. Preston, and Vicki Mace, Director of School Choice, about the cost, withholding of state funding, and the pros and cons of imposing a fee based corridor bussing.

Dr. Krupp suggested private enterprise for bussing.  Dr. Binggeli stated that we have met with  Space Coast Area Transit (SCAT) with no avail.

Ms. Mace updated the Board on the application process for the choice schools.

Dr. Krupp called for the vote.



Motions:

Table Item on Fee Based Bussing till March 26, 2013.

 

- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Mr. Ziegler stated that staff should clarify that there is no bussing at this time.



Motions:
Table Item on Fee Based Bussing till March 12, 2013.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


G. Action
G. Risk Management

27. School Board Policy Revision - #7510, Use of District Facilities
Attachment: Proposed Changes to Board Policy 7510 Use of District Facilities eff 1-3-13 (2).pdf

Motions:
Authorize the Superintendent to advertise for public hearing to adopt/approve the revisions to Board Policy #7510, Use of District Facilities.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Mr. Ziegler asked for clarification relevant to parent supported activities.  He gave an example of the Melbourne High Crew team and asked if they would have to pay a usage fee.

Marc Langdorf, Director of Risk Management, stated they did not have to pay a useage fee if it is a school based club or activity.

Mr. Ziegler asked if there would be a charge for the Boy Scouts.  Mr. Langdorf answered in the affirmative.  Discussion ensued about the different clubs and groups.

G. Facilities Services

28. Close South Lake Elementary School Beginning the 2013-14 School Year
Attachment: South Lake 2 Map and Data.pdf
Attachment: South Lake 3 Map and Data.pdf

Motions:

Approve the following beginning the 2013-14 school year.

  1. The closure of South Lake Elementary School.
- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Karen Henderson
Michael Krupp- Nay
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Nay

Motion Minutes: 

Discussion prior to vote:

Dr. Krupp noted that the South Lake schools are in a crossroads. He stated this will be the third move for 218 students in a three year cycle, contrary to all the numbers that have been our there in the past six months.  Dr. Krupp discussed research on high mobility rate, dropout rate, absenteeism, discipline problems, and lower reading & math achievement as well as lower self-esteem.  He stated that South Lake Elementary is the second Title I School to close in two years in Titusville.  Riverview being the other school.  Dr. Krupp spoke all the happenings in South Lake Elementary from the programs, culture of the community and the facility upgrades, in the recent years.

Ms. Henderson discussed information about closing of schools.  She noted that she attended the Central Florida School Boards Coalition (CFSBC) in which they spoke about the cost the school districts would incur as it relates to Park and Common Core, if implemented, as stated by the Legislature, in 2014-15. This would be major costs to the districts to get the infrastructure ready for all the online testing that would need to be available for the students.  Ms. Henderson stated to the public, that she is basing all her decisions on the data and analysis that she has done.  She noted that she has been meeting with group and community leaders for both sides of the argument of closing schools.  Ms. Henderson explained that there are four elementary schools within ten miles of each other.  She stated the other three can accommodate the students from South Lake Elementary.  Ms. Henderson stated that she is supporting the Superintendent's recommendation.

Mr. Ziegler explained his position on the potential closing of South Lake Elementary and explained why he was in support of the Superintendent's recommendation.

Ms. Kneessy stated what she says here will be very similar to all the other school closing items.  She noted that this is a very short timeline since starting this in November.  Ms. Kneessy was concerned that the criteria for the school closures did not come our in print until January 2013.  She noted that she is concerned about choice schools due to the potential elimination of corridor bussing.  She is troubled that the line on the $30 million cuts is moving up.  Ms. Kneessy stated that all the members of the Board said the only reason that schools are closing is to save money and she said the nothing good comes of that.  After noting all of her reasons for concern, she stated that she will not be supporting school closures.



Motions:

Approve the following beginning the 2013-14 school year.

  1. The recommended attendance boundary changes with the closure of South Lake as shown in Proposal 3 to accommodate the closure.
  2. The recommended non-renewal of out-of-area students and grandfathering conditions.
- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Nay
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

29. Close Clearlake Middle School and Convert Cocoa High School to a Jr/Sr High School Beginning the 2013-14 School Year
Attachment: Clearlake 2 Maps and Data.pdf

Motions:

Approve the following beginning the 2013-14 school year:

  1. The closure of Clearlake Middle School.
- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Nay
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Mr. Ziegler stated that a point was made by the community, whether the district had put on the table, schools for closure, prior to the vote.  He noted that although we did not specify specific schools, there is validity to the request of knowing what is being spoken about.  Mr. Ziegler referred to a document of potential budget reductions for 2009-10 which listed potential school closures.  He read the list of schools that were on that list which included the following:

Cambridge, Cape View, Challenger 7, Clearlake, Coquina, Freedom 7, Gardendale, Harbor City, Holland, Hoover, MILA , Pinewood, Riverview, Roosevelt, Sea Park, South Lake, Stevenson, Surfside,  and West Melbourne.

Mr. Ziegler stated that we should develop a list so whenever there is a financial crisis it gives our communities more time to review and analyze the data.  He noted there was a request from the community to try to keep the community together rather than spread them out between several middle schools.  Mr. Ziegler stated that he would support the closure and the consolidation of Clearlake Middle and Cocoa High School.

Dr. Krupp stated that his concern is with the million dollar capital improvements. He requested having a bell schedule change to accommodate the middle school and why the million dollars when the district supported 1500 students without the improvement in science and computer labs years ago.

Ms. Kneessy concurred with Dr. Krupp and noted that she walked the halls at Cocoa High and mentioned that it is not as easy, in her opinion, as mentioned by the district.  She mentioned that out of the list of four schools, Clearlake is the only school that she could have supported closing.  But to be consistent, she will not support the Superintendent's recommendation.

Mr. Ziegler agreed that the million dollar capital improvements need to be scrutinized.  He requested that expenditure come back to the Board as a separate item with a plan at a future meeting before we approve a million dollars.

Dr. Murray clarified that the amount is up to a million dollars and although we give that allowance, does not mean that the expense will come near to that dollar amount.  She noted that everything will come before the Board as it relates to the capital improvements at Cocoa High School.

Dr. Murray noted that she was the one against Cocoa becoming a Jr./Sr. high school.  She stated that after the community meetings and a dinner with some of the city officials, she suggested that the students be kept together in their community instead of being split between two feeder chains.  Dr. Murray stated that we must do all that we can possibly do in the best interest for the children but we cannot default on our buildings.  She will be supporting the closure of Clearlake Middle School.

Ms. Kneessy spoke about her plea for keeping communities together and consistency about the decisions that are being made within the community.



Motions:

Approve the following beginning the 2013-14 school year:

  1. The conversion of Cocoa High School to a Jr/Sr High School (7-12 grade configuration) and the recommended attendance boundary changes as shown in Proposal 2 to accommodate the closure and conversion. 
  2. The recommended waiving of Policy 7120 out-of-area requirements and the recommended grandfathering conditions.
  3. The expenditure of up to $1,000,000 of capital improvements at Cocoa High School and Clearlake Middle School to convert Cocoa High School to a Jr/Sr High School and repurpose Clearlake Middle School for other programs using Continuing Contract Design/Build services.
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Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson-
Amy Kneessy-
Michael Krupp-
Barbara Murray-
Andrew Ziegler-

Motion Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy stated again that if the purpose of the Board is to save money, there are available seats at Space Coast Jr./Sr. High and Jefferson.  There would be no need for portables and no need for additional administration and no need to spend an additional million dollars.  She noted that she supports community which is why she voted no on the closure.

Ms. Henderson's stated that she was perplexed as to what Ms. Kneessy is proposing instead of closing schools.

Ms. Kneessy stated that the Legislature still has not met to give us a budget and yet we are saying that we need to cut $30 million from the budget.  She stated that there are other items on the list that would come before school closures.  Ms. Kneessy stated that she is not convinced that the $3 million is worth alienating the whole county over.

Dr. Murray stated that she has received numerous calls from community members who are in support of the school closures.

Dr. Krupp stated that it maybe beneficial to amend the motion to remove the $1,000,000 recommendation about renovations to be discussed at a later time or at least identified in a separate vote about the embellishments.



Motions:

Approve the following beginning the 2013-14 school year:

  1. The  conversion of Cocoa High School to a Jr/Sr High School (7-12 grade configuration) and the recommended attendance boundary changes as shown in Proposal 2 to accommodate the closure and conversion. 
- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Nay
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy expressed her concerns about not having a dollar amount stated.  She feels as though the Board is giving the district a blank check for how much we would spend.

Mr. Ziegler stated that he took completely opposite.  That the district would need the Board's approval on what the conversation is going to be.



Motions:

Approve the following beginning the 2013-14 school year:

  1. The recommended waiving of Policy 7120 out-of-area requirements and the recommended grandfathering conditions.
- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

30. Close Gardendale Elementary Magnet School Beginning the 2013-14 School Year
Attachment: Gardendale 4 Map and Data.pdf
Attachment: Gardendale 5 Map and Data.pdf

Motions:

Approve the following beginning the 2013-14 school year.

  1. The closure of Gardendale Elementary Magnet School. 
- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Nay
Michael Krupp- Nay
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Dr. Krupp protested about the closing.  He spoke about the history of the GEMS community and the fact that it is nationally recognized.  Dr. Krupp implored the other Board Members to vote to keep the school open.

Mr. Ziegler noted that he took a look at the numbers and the surrounding schools.  He noted that more than 50 percent of the students are out of the community, so its difficult to group that as a community school.  Mr. Ziegler supports the closing of Gardendale Elementary.

Dr. Murray stated what makes these decisions so difficult is that all of our schools are excellent schools.  She noted that although there are many parents that do not think that she supports Gardendale, she volunteered there for many years and knows Gardendale very well from administrators to the staff.

Ms. Henderson stated this was a tough decision for everyone. She attended Gardendale in the first year that it was open.  Ms. Henderson noted that she spent a lot of time going over the data, talking with Mr. Theodore, Area Superintendent's, and Dr. Binggeli.  She stated that after reviewing all the information, that it is in the best interest of the district to close Gardendale at this time.



Motions:

Approve the following beginning the 2013-14 school year.

  1.  The recommended attendance boundary changes for closing Gardendale Elementary Magnet Schools as shown in Proposal 5 to accommodate the closure.
  2. The recommended non-renewal of out-of-area students and grandfathering conditions.
- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Nay
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

31. Close Sea Park Elementary School Beginning the 2013-14 School Year
Attachment: Sea Park 7 Map and Data.pdf
Attachment: Sea Park 5 Map and Data.pdf
Attachment: Sea Park 8 Map and Data.pdf

Motions:

Approve the following beginning the 2013-14 school year.

  1. The closure of Sea Park Elementary School. 
- FAIL
 
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Nay
Michael Krupp- Nay
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Nay

Motion Minutes: 

Mr. Ziegler stated that concurrency is not a reason to close a school but it is a reason to keep one open.  He noted that he asked for an analysis from the Pineda Causeway South as a concurrency area and discussed his interpretation of  the analysis.  Mr. Ziegler stated that he will not support the motion to close Sea Park at this time until the data is re-analyzed in another year.

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Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called for a brief recess at 7:07 p.m.
The meeting was reconvened at 7:31 p.m.

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H. Information
H. Financial Services

32. Recommended Reductions and Revenue Enhancements for the 2013-14 Operating Budget
Attachment: 2013-14 Proposed Budget Cuts and Revenue Enhancements.pdf
Minutes: 

Mr. Ziegler pulled this item to request adding to the cut list, the elimination of our health insurance consultants, which would be a cost savings of $140,000 and feels that it should become number 11 on the list of priorities.  He noted that if we need their services, we can do that a-la-cart.  Mr. Ziegler requested the Boards consensus.

The Board requested more information before adding it to the cut list.

Debra Pace, Associate Superintendent of Human Resources, stated that all total for the a-la-cart services for the same level of service that they are currently providing us would be $250,000.  She noted that at this time we have only received a cost breakdown from Willis.

Dr. Murray requested that a copy of Ms. Pace's report be sent to the Board. 

Dr. Murray stated to the Board that if they wish to have items placed on the cut list that have not been on it previously, make sure that you speak to the Superintendent about those items.

Dr. Krupp referred to Item 19 - Eliminate Year-Round School Concept Existing at Two Schools. He stated that the $32,178.41 was for the OT/PT services in the summer months which is attributed to the GEMS program at Gardendale.  Dr. Krupp stated that Challenger 7 would be willing to come up with monies to support their calendar as a community.

Dr. Krupp noted that we did not apply as a district for a reimbursement under Medicaid for OT/PT for the summer, for the two schools that are under modified calendar.  We could have garnered that money back.  He noted that would reduce the cost of the one school on a modified calendar.  Dr. Krupp suggested we remove Item 19 from the cut list.

Dr. Murray stated that their points are well taken but reminded the Board that they voted to keep a school open so we need to be careful about nickel and diming our cuts.

Ms. Kneessy questioned Item 22 - Middle School Intramurals and whether there was discussion on Intrmurals vs. Team Sports. 

Dr. Binggeli answered in the affirmative. He noted that one of the issues that the district had is the supplements for middle school intramurals was all over the place.  Dr. Binggeli stated that there are two middle school intramurals that were kept.  He noted that keeping the organized sports at the middle school was more effective then keeping the intramurals. 

Ms. Kneessy stated that she would prefer trading off team sports for a better defined intramurals at the middle school level.

Dr. Beth Thedy, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, stated that we are considering offering a pay-to-participate for middle schools intramurals.  She noted that on the two organized sports, track and basketball, we have added them into the fee support structure.

Ms. Kneessy requested that Item 39 on Media Assistant Position be broken up between elementary and secondary.

H. Accounting Services

33. Refunding Portions of the District's Outstanding Certificates of Participation (COP)

Minutes: 

Dr. Krupp pulled this item to discuss his concerns on a two percent cost factor to refinance the COPs.

Ms. Preston stated that everything was tentative when that report was presented. She noted that the item is still a place holder of sorts and we are still working on the specifics of the refinancing because we want to make it the best option possible for the Board.

Mr. Ziegler requested information on all the COPs so that he can better understand it prior to approving the refinancing item.

H. Human Resources

34. Job Description - Certified Behavioral Analyst
Attachment: Certified Behav Analyst.pdf
H. South Area Superintendent

35. Palm Bay High School Robotics Trip to Anaheim, California
Attachment: PBHS Robotics Team to California April 2013.pdf
36. Palm Bay High School Robotics Trip to Lyon, France
Attachment: PBHS Robotics Team to France - March 16-24, 2013.pdf
H. North Area Superintendent

37. Space Coast Junior Senior High School AFJROTC students to fly aboard USAF HC-130 aircraft
38. Merritt Island High School FIRST Robotics Field Trip to San Antonio, TX
Attachment: San Antonio trip.pdf
Attachment: St. Louis trip.pdf

I. Staff Reports
39. Staff Reports

Minutes: There are no staff reports.

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

K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
41. Board Member Reports

Minutes: 

Mr. Ziegler requested information on the Revenue Anticipation Note (RAN).  Ms. Preston explained the difference between a RAN and a Tax Anticipation Note (TAN), as well as information on the year limits and the interest rate.

Ms. Kneessy noted that she attended the 5th Grade Brevard Symphony Orchestra (BSO) concert and how outstanding the performance was.  She noted there are a lot of positive things happening in our classrooms.

Ms. Kneessy noted that she was honored to go to Tallahassee to have dinner at the Governor's mansion.  She feels more optimistic on where the state is going.

Ms. Kneessy stated that Mr. Ziegler and herself attended the Space Coast Progressive Alliance.  She said it was a presentation on gun control, gun issues, and gun education.  She noted that one of the panel was a Brevard County Sheriff who was talking about his wife who was a classroom teacher.  He noted that he wished that she could be armed.  Ms. Kneessy stated the issue would be discussed in Tallahassee.  She wanted the Board to be aware that there was discussion going on about this topic.

Ms. Henderson noted that she attended the All-State Band & Chorus and the All-County Band.  She congratulated all the teachers and students for all their hard work and commented on the amazing music for the short time the students work together.

Ms. Henderson suggested to the community that they take the opportunity to go see all the students perform and the hard work they put into their skills.

Dr. Krupp noted that he attended the All-County Orchestra and mentioned how fantastic the students performed.  He gave kudos to all that put on these events.

Dr. Krupp mentioned that every 5th grade student in this district got a chance to go to the King Center to watch the Brevard Symphony Orchestra.  He noted that they talk about the various instruments and play various pieces of music from different venues.  Dr. Krupp thanked all the business partners and Brevard Schools Foundation that had an effort on making that event possible.

Dr. Krupp noted that he and Mr. Ziegler attended the League of Cities meeting where the President of the Florida League of Cities was the keynote speaker. The message to the audience was not to let the Legislators pick us apart.

Dr. Murray noted that she attended the science fairs. She stated that it never ceases to amaze her how brilliant our students are with the arts and science.

Dr. Murray took this opportunity to again thank our Legislators for meeting with the Board.  She also thanked Chef Ferguson and his culinary students from Melbourne High School for serving the delicious dinner.  Dr. Murray stated that no tax dollars were used for the dinner but funded by the Brevard Schools Foundation.

Dr. Murray thanked the Foundation.  She noted that our students would not be doing all the things, like the 5th grade BSO concert, without their support.  Dr. Murray stated that we really embrace their partnership and look forward to future cooperation with them.


L. Superintendent's Report
42. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: 

Dr. Binggeli noted that he attended everything that the Board has already mentioned previously.  He agreed with the incredible talent of our students.  Dr. Binggeli noted that Dr. Krupp sent thank you letters for all those that supported the efforts of making the 5th grade BSO concert possible.

Dr. Binggeli congratulated the Melbourne High Schools Lady Bulldogs for winning the State Championship.

Dr. Binggeli noted that he spoke with some FHSAA officals at the state competitions about considering a student ticket price. Our students aren't there supporting their classmates because the cost of a ticket is $7 or $9 dollars.  Dr. Binggeli stated that the FHSAA officials stated that they were considering the student ticket price. He also noted to the community that even if the sporting event is in our facility, we are not allowed to set the price of the tickets.

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Dr. Murray stated to Mr. Ziegler that in his motion on the Fee-Based Bussing, he asked to postpone the item till March 26, 2013 and we do not have a Board meeting on that date.

Mr. Ziegler made a motion to postpone the Fee-Based Bussing to March 12, 2013 as indicated on the agenda item.


M. Adjournment
43. Adjourment

Minutes: Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray adjourned the School Board Meeting of February 12, 2013 at 8:33 p.m.






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