02-12-2019 School Board Meeting

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in regular session on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in the Eagle newspaper on Thursday, January 31, 2019. 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 Descovich called the meeting to order at: 5:30 p.m.

A. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: Members Present:  Misty Belford, Cheryl McDougall, Tina Descovich, Matt Susin and Katye Campbell

A. Moment of Silence
3. Moment of Silence

Minutes: There was no one for whom to hold a moment of silence.

A. Invocation
A. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Matt Reed, assistant superintendent of Government and Community Relations, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A. Entertainment
A. Board Member/Superintendent Recognitions
5. Board Member/Superintendent Recognitions

Minutes: Board members recognized programs, students, staff and members of the community and commented on the impact each had to Brevard Public Schools.

A. Emergency Item
A. Adoption of Agenda
6. Adoption of Agenda
Attachment: 2019-0212 Supplemental.pdf

Dr. Mullins read into record the items on the Supplemental Agenda which are changes made to the agenda since it was first released to the public on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.


  • A-7 - Administrative Staff Recommendations
  • F-11 - Student Expulsions
  • F-25 - Viera Area Elementary School
  • G-33- Purchasing Solicitations

Adopt the February 12, 2019 School Board meeting agenda and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Misty Belford
Second: Matthew Susin
Misty Belford- Aye
Katye Campbell- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Cheryl Mcdougall- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye

A. Administrative Staff Recommendations
7. Administrative Staff Recommendations

Minutes: Dr. Mullins recognized and congratulated the administrative staff member present.  She was provided opportunity to make some brief remarks.


Approve the applicable listed administrative staff recommendations:

Accept the retirement of Denise M. Johnson from the position of Principal at Hans Christian Andersen Elementary School, effective June 30, 2019.

Accept the position change of Jennifer M. Clarke from the position of Interim Principal, board approved on January 22, 2019, to the position of Principal at Atlantis Elementary School, effective on the issuance date of her certification of January 28, 2019.


Vote Results
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Misty Belford
Misty Belford- Aye
Katye Campbell- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Cheryl Mcdougall- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
C. Resolutions/Proclamations
D. Presentations
D. District Security

8. District & School Security Update
Attachment: District Security Board Presentation 2019.pdf

Major Andrew Walters, director of District and School Security, provided an update of our security efforts. He provided a snapshot before the Parkland shooting and where we are now.

Ms. Belford  thanked Major Walters. She commented about "chatter" she had heard in the community about unannounced drills and asked Major Walters to explain.  Major Walters said that they are trying to create as real of an environment as possible to avoid chaos if some actual threat was to occur.  Ms. Belford asked for parents to refrain from notifying students in advance if they are made aware.  

E. Public Comment
9. Public Comment


Chairman Descovich reminded speakers that they would each have three minutes in which to make comments.  She also explained the decorum necessary while making comments.

Speakers in order of appearance:

  1. Mark Levine - Oppose Termination
  2. Connie Rooke - School Security
  3. Anthony Colucci - Negotiations
  4. Vanessa Skipper - Teachers as Professionals
  5. Traci Stiles - Single Person on Teacher Income
  6. Cheryl Graham - Degree Recognition
  7. Christine Chandler Bobo - Support Staff Steps
  8. Hallie Lammeier - Kurt Kaufman Support
  9. Danielle Sells - Kurt Kaufman Support
  10. Garren Harne - School Boundary Change (Pinewood)
  11. Hamilton Boone - School Materials
    1. Mr. Boone first asked General Counsel Envall if he could read anything he wanted as part of the first amendment.  Ms. Envall explained that she would be unable to answer as she didn't know to what he was referring.  Chairman Descovich reminded him of the decorum expected while speaking and Ms. Belford provided further clarification.  Mr. Boone proceeded  reading passages out of a book called Beloved.  Chairman Descovich asked for him to stop.  When he did not, she called for a recess at 7:03 p.m. and reconvened at 7:10 p.m.
  12. Philip Stasik - Support of Teachers
  13. Scott Ellis - Support of Kurt Kaufman
  14. Patrick Breckenridge - Coach Kaufman

F. Consent
F. Board Office

10. Meeting Minutes
Attachment: 2019-0115 Legislative Delegation Meeting.pdf
Attachment: 2019-0122 Board Workshop Draft Minutes.pdf
Attachment: Expulsion Hearing Minutes - 2019-18S.pdf (Confidential Item)

Attachment: 2019-0122 SB Meeting and Public Hearing.pdf
11. Student Expulsions
Attachment: 2019-22S.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2019-23S.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2019-24S.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Financial Services

12. Property Disposal
Attachment: Board Report 02-12-2019.pdf
Attachment: Board Letters 02-12-2019.pdf
13. Financial Statements for the Period Ending November 30, 2018
Attachment: Financial Statements for November 30, 2018.pdf
14. Operating Fund Budget Amendment #4 for December 31, 2018
Attachment: Budget Amendment #4 - December 31, 2018.pdf
F. Human Resources

15. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff - 02-12-19.pdf
16. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 02-12-19.pdf
18. Suspension of Instructional Employee
Attachment: Sutton.pdf
F. Office of Professional Learning and Development

19. Brevard Public Schools Reading Endorsement Program
Attachment: Reading Endorsement Program 2019-2024.pdf
F. Secondary Office of Leading and Learning

20. Field Trip - Viera High School Wind Ensemble Percussion Quintet to Marietta, Georgia
Attachment: VHS Band Lassiter Trip - Itinerary.pdf
Attachment: VHS Band Lassiter Percussion Symposium - Schl Brd Agenda Item.pdf
F. Exceptional Student Education

21. Approve the new Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Policies and Procedures (SP&P) Effective 2018-2019 through 2020-2021
Attachment: SPP 2018-19 through 2020-21 11.26.2018.pdf
Attachment: SIGNATURE PAGE-2018-2021 (fillable) 112618.pdf
F. District Operations

22. Safety and Security of School Buildings - Educational Facilities Security Grant
F. Project Management

23. Palm Bay Magnet High School - Capital Facility Renewal - Close Out
Attachment: Palm Bay HS Courtyard-Restroom OEF-209.pdf
24. Cocoa Jr./Sr. High School - Additional Design Build Services
Attachment: Cocoa HS GMP #3 Change Order #1 Attachments.pdf
Attachment: Cocoa HS GMP #3 Change Order #1 CBA Form.pdf
25. Viera Area Elementary School - Site Acceptance
Attachment: Notice of Designation - signed.pdf
Attachment: Signed Agreement - Viera DRI Consolidated Mitigation and Concurrency.pdf
Attachment: Viera Elementary Site Map.pdf
Attachment: Central Viera Elementary School Site No. 3 Site Evaluation.pdf
26. Award of RFQ 19-422-Q-DR - Construction Management Services for the Viera Area Elementary School
27. Gemini Elementary School - Facility Renewal - Construction Management Services - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Gemini GMP attachments.pdf
Attachment: Gemini ES GMP CBA Form (1).pdf
28. Quest Elementary School - Facility Renewal - Construction Management Services - SALES Surtax
Attachment: Quest ES GMP Attachments.pdf
Attachment: Quest ES GMP CBA Form.pdf
29. District School Security - Design Build Services Cluster A GMP #5 - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Overview of Sales Surtax Security Program.pdf
Attachment: District School Security Cluster A GMP #5 Attachments - EXEMPT.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: District School Security Cluster A GMP #5 CBA Form.pdf
30. District School Security - Design Build Services - Cluster C Preconstruction
Attachment: Overview of Sales Surtax Security Program.pdf
Attachment: District School Security Cluster C GMP #6 Preconstruction Attachments - EXEMPT.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: District School Security Cluster C GMP #7 Preconstruction Attachments - EXEMPT.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: District School Security Cluster C GMP #6 & #7 Preconstruction Services CBA Form.pdf
F. Plant Operation & Maintenance

31. Creel Elementary School - Chiller Refurbishment - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Creel chiller rehab.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

32. Approval of Consent

Approve the February 12, 2019 School Board meeting Consent Agenda with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Misty Belford
Second: Katye Campbell
Misty Belford- Aye
Katye Campbell- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Cheryl Mcdougall- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Human Resources

17. Termination of Instructional Employee
Attachment: Kaufman.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Campbell asked for this item to be pulled for discussion. Board discussion and comments ensued before a final vote.

Approve the termination of Mr. Kaufman's employment to be effective February 12, 2019.- FAIL
Vote Results
Motion: Katye Campbell
Second: Matthew Susin
Misty Belford- Aye
Katye Campbell- Aye
Tina Descovich- Nay
Cheryl Mcdougall- Nay
Matthew Susin- Nay

G. Action
G. Purchasing & Warehouse

33. Purchasing Solicitations
Attachment: a - ITB 15-B-033-AL - Temporary Personnel Services.pdf
Attachment: b - 19-051-N-WH - Unified Communications.pdf
Attachment: c - RFP 18-P-057-NC - Fleet Managment Information System - FMIS - Reject All.pdf
Attachment: d - 19-496-SC-NC - Medium & Heavy Trucks.pdf


Approve the Invitation To Bid (ITB) Amendment below:

a - ITB 15-B-033-AL - Temporary Personnel Services - Human Resources - Minimum Wage Increase - $Various - Operating Other

Approve the Invitation To Negotiate (ITN) below:

b - ITN 19-051-N-WH - Unified Communications - Educational Technology - $1,814,883.00 - Operating Other

Approve the Request For Proposal (RFP) Reject All Bids below:

- RFP 18-P-057-NC - Fleet Management Information System (FMIS) - Reject All Submittals

Approve the State Contract (SC) below:

d - SC 19-496-SC-NC - Medium & Heavy Trucks - Purchasing & Warehouse Services - $170,000.00 - Capital Projects

Vote Results
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Cheryl Mcdougall
Misty Belford- Aye
Katye Campbell- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Cheryl Mcdougall- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye

G. Elementary Office of Leading and Learning

34. School Improvement Plan
Attachment: SIP 1.19.19.pdf

Authorize the superintendent to advertise for a public hearing to approve the School Improvement Plans for 102 schools including alternative sites, charter schools, and virtual school. - PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Misty Belford
Misty Belford- Aye
Katye Campbell- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Cheryl Mcdougall- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye

G. Project Management

35. Public Hearing - Attendance Boundary Changes for the 2019-2020 School Year
Attachment: Pinewood Mims Boundary Change Student Analysis.pdf
Attachment: Community Meeting Summary and Correspondence.pdf
Attachment: Attendance Boundary Change Admin Procedure Supporting Policy 7110.pdf
Attachment: Pinewood to Mims Attendance Boundary Change Map.pdf
Attachment: Pinewood Mims Evaluation Committee Scoring Matrix Summary 2018.pdf
Attachment: Pinewood Mims excerpt - October 23 2018 Capacity Workshop Presentation.pdf

Chairman Descovich opened the public hearing at 7:36 p.m. and asked if there was anyone who wished to address this item. 

Two speakers: Garren and Lizzie Harne asked for the Board to grandfather in the students already living in their subdivision to continue to be able to attend Pinewood instead of changing to Mims Elementary.

Hearing no further speakers, Chairman Descovich called for a vote on the item at 7:36 p.m. 

Continue the public hearing and approve the proposed attendance boundary change for the 2019-2020 school year affecting Mims Elementary and Pinewood Elementary. 

Approve special consideration to allow rising 5th and 6th graders affected by the Mims and Pinewood Elementary attendance boundary change to remain at Pinewood Elementary (no transportation provided by BPS). 
Vote Results
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Katye Campbell
Misty Belford- Aye
Katye Campbell- Aye
Tina Descovich- Nay
Cheryl Mcdougall- Aye
Matthew Susin- Nay

H. Information
H. Office of Professional Learning and Development

36. School Year Calendar Standards and Proposals for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 School Years
Attachment: District Calendar Review Summary (2) 2018.pdf
Attachment: 2019-2020 Calendar Proposal.pdf
Attachment: 2020-2021 Calendar Proposal.pdf
Attachment: 2019-2020 District Calendar to publish DRAFT with ET dates in red 1.22.19.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Campbell asked to discuss this time.  She felt that there was an  extremely long winter break on the calendar and asked if one day could be taken from there and then make April 24, 2020 a day off thus breaking up the long stretch in spring that had no days off.  Board members were in agreement and asked the superintendent to direct staff to make the change for them to vote on at the next meeting.
H. Equity, Innovation & Choice

37. Amend the Contract for Pineapple Cove Classical Academy
Attachment: PCCA - Amended Contract Request.pdf
Attachment: PCCA K-12 Charter Contract - amended contract.pdf

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


Ms. McDougall told the Board and viewing audience about the recent FSBA Finance Conference that she and Ms. Campbell had attended and that she found it to be very valuable.

39. Discussion - Textbook Adoption


Chairman Descovich inquired about our textbook adoptions in light of Governor DeSantis stating that he wanted to remove "Common Core" from the standards. She asked Ms. Jane Cline and Dr. Stephanie Soliven, assistant superintendents of elementary and secondary Leading and Learning to provide comments.

Both Ms. Cline and Dr. Soliven explained that they were recommending purchasing consumable workbooks and that the publisher has committed to make adjustments annually in the event that the standards are changed.


40. Discussion - SIAC Update

Minutes: Mr. Susin gave a brief update on the Superintendent's Insurance Advisory Committee.  He said they had determined to have a chair and vice-chair.  He also stated that the trust fund was looking good.
41. Discussion - Kindness Symbol Proclamation

Minutes: Ms. McDougall asked if the Board wanted to have a proclamation utilizing Tropical Elementary's transitional kindergarten's "Kindness Symbol."  There was consensus among Board members to proceed.

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

Minutes: Dr. Mullins had nothing further to report.

M. Adjournment
43. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Descovich adjourned the meeting at: 8:23 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).