02-13-2018 School Board Meeting

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in regular session on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 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 1, 2018. 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 Craig called the meeting to order at: 5:32 p.m.

A. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: Members Present: Misty Belford, John Craig, Tina Descovich, Matt Susin and Andy Ziegler

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


Andy Ziegler

  • Shout out to Melbourne High School Team Voltage 386
    • Presented a picture of the team to the Board as a thank you.
    • Shout out to 20 year mentor, Juan Davilia from Harris Corporation

Misty Belford

  • She thanked the board for allowing her to attend the Leadership Education Florida cohort classes.
  • She and Mr. Craig attended the Head Start interview process.
  • She went to Flagler County with Melissa Catechis and David O'Brian to look at programs they are offering as far as supporting increased graduation rates, discipline programs as well as classroom to career programs.
  • She thanked Maggie Rassel and all of the staff at Challenger 7.  She and Dr. Blackburn spent a morning there where they got some great feedback. 
  • She thanked Parrish Medical Center and its foundation for funding the bus and lunch for students to attend the Day in the Legislature in Tallahassee.

Tina Descovich

  • She commented on the ABC awards.  Brevard Schools Foundation did an amazing job and she congratulated everyone.
  • She and Dr. Blackburn visited four schools in one day.  They learned a lot. She thanked the teachers who met with them.
  • She gave a shout out about the science fairs.  We have some amazing students.
  • She rode the bus with the students to Tallahassee and it was a great experience. Their legislative ask was mental health services in our schools.

Matt Susin

  • He met with DOT and municipalities about school safety. The DOT took recommendations. 
  • He was happy to report that the aviation hanger just got a roof and the sides are going up. 
  • He thanked the staff  in Equity, Innovation and Choice for all of their efforts toward the Innovation Games. 

Desmond  Blackburn

  • He shadowed SGA president Wyatt Walker at Merritt Island High School
  • He hung out with grounds and maintenance and got to help demolish a portable, and put mulch around a playground. He didn't realize how much effort went into planning these projects. 
  • He spoke about the students that traveled to Tallahassee as part of the Days in Legislature.  He thanked Mr. Macheras, Dr. Thedy and Dr. Soliven for coordinating the effort.
  • He attended the principal and assistant principal of the year awards in Orlando and was very proud of phenomenal leadership of Candace Jones and Rick Fleming. 
  • He was happy to report that Florida Institute of technology was a primary sponsor of special awards with an anticipated total of nearly 5 million in scholarships. 
  • He let everyone know that Moody's Investors Service confirmed the district's credit position as very good.

John Craig

  • He thanked David Brock and Community Educators Credit  Union for sponsorship of the ABC awards.
  • He thanked BASA and Gary Shiffrin for the BASA winter social. It raises money for scholarships.
  • He spoke about who he and his team were able to meet with during the Day in the Legislature. When they got to Tallahassee they learned that the Senate had something in the works that addressed some of the asks of the students in the mental health arena.
  • He also mentioned the science fairs. He thanked the Merritt Island Mall for hosting as well as Merritt Island High.
  • He was fortunate enough to be part of the Junior Achievement Business Blastoff.





A. Emergency Item
A. Adoption of Agenda
6. Adoption of Agenda
Attachment: 2018-0213 Supplemental.pdf

Dr. Blackburn read into record the items on the Supplemental Agenda which are changes to the agenda since it was first released to the public on February 6, 2018.


  • F-16 Ratification of the 2018-18 Collective Bargaining agreement between the School Board of Brevard County and Brevard Federation of Teachers


  • A-7 Administrative Staff Recommendations
  • C-8 Recognize February 21, as Suicide Prevention Day
  • F-15 Instructional Staff Recommendations

Adopt the February 13, 2018 School Board meeting agenda and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Tina Descovich
Second: Matthew Susin
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

A. Administrative Staff Recommendations
7. Administrative Staff Recommendations


Dr. Blackburn recognized the administrative staff present.  Each was given time to provide comments.

  • Peter Quinlan
  • Barbara Rodrigues

The transfer of Mary Elizabeth Myers from the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Saturn Elementary School to the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Columbia Elementary School, on annual contract, effective February 14, 2018. Annual salary based on grade 22 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.  

The reclassification/transfer of Peter F. Quinlan from the position of Assistant Principal (10 month) at Rockledge High School to the position of Assistant Principal (12 month) at Space Coast Jr/Sr High School, on annual contract, effective February 14, 2018. Annual salary based on grade 24 of the Nonbargaining Salary Administration Program.  

Accept the position change of Shannon M. Daly from the position of Interim Principal, board approved on January 5, 2018, to the position of Principal at Manatee Elementary School, effective on the issuance date of her certification of February 2, 2018.

Accept the retirement of Barbara Ann Rodrigues from the position of Director of Secondary Leading and Learning, effective June 30, 2018.
Vote Results
Motion: Misty Belford
Second: Matthew Susin
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Student Services

8. Recognize February 21 as Suicide Prevention Day
Attachment: Florida Suicide Prevention Day-Feb. 13 Board Meeting.pdf

Matt Reed read the proclamation.

Following the vote approving the proclamation, Dr. Beth Thedy, assistant superintendent of Student Services, briefly discussed some of the suicide prevention and awareness activities going on the district to address the mental health crisis facing our young people.

Adopt the proclamation designating February 21 as Suicide Prevention Day in Brevard Public Schools.
Vote Results
Motion: Tina Descovich
Second: Misty Belford
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

D. Presentations
E. Public Comment
9. Public Comment


Chairman Craig reminded speakers that each would have three minutes and the decorum expected by all.

Speakers in order of appearance:

  1. Thomas Montemayor- Exceptional Student Education
  2. Vanessa Skipper - Advocating the Teacher Profession
  3. Anthony Colucci - Southlake
  4. Dan Bennett - Contract Vote

F. Consent
F. Board Office

10. Meeting Minutes
Attachment: 2018-04 Expulsion Minutes.pdf (Confidential Item)
Attachment: 2018-05 Expulsion Minutes.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Financial Services

11. Operating Fund Budget Amendment #3 for November 30, 2017
Attachment: Budget Amendment #3 - November 30, 2017.pdf
12. Property Disposal
Attachment: Board Report - 02-13-2018.pdf
Attachment: Board Report Letter - 02-13-2018.pdf
13. Operating Fund Budget Amendment #4 for December 31, 2017
Attachment: Budget Amendment #4 - December 31, 2017.pdf
F. Human Resources

14. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 02-13-18.pdf
15. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 02-13-18.pdf
Attachment: 2018 February 13 - ESOL Handout.pdf
F. Labor Relations

16. Ratification of the 2017-18 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the School Board of Brevard County and the Brevard Federation of Teachers
Attachment: 2017-2018 Contract Settlement - BFT.pdf

During the presentation portion of the meeting, Chairman Craig invited Dan Bennett, president of Brevard Federation of Teachers to share the voting details:

  1. Approximate number of eligible voters:      4,939
  2. Void ballots:                                                        4
  3. Votes cast for Yes:                                        2,233
  4. Votes cast for No:                                            954
  5. Valid Votes Counted:                                    3,187
  6. A majority of valid votes counted cast for:   YES
F. Secondary Office of Leading and Learning

17. Field Trip - The "Pink Alliance" Robotics Team to the FIRST South Super Regional in Athens, Georgia
Attachment: Pink Alliance Team FIRST Robotics..pdf
18. Field Trip - The Pink Alliance Robotics Team to the FIRST 10,000 Lakes Regional in Minneapolis, Minnesota and FIRST Championship in Houston, Texas
Attachment: Pink Alliance Robotics Team (four high schools) Itinerary for FIRST 10,000 Lakes Regional in Minneapolis, MN 2018.pdf
Attachment: Pink Alliance Robotics Team (four high schools) Itinerary for FIRST Championship in Houston, TX 2018.pdf
19. Field Trip - Merritt Island FIRST Robotics Team 801 - FIRST Championship in Houston, Texas
Attachment: Merritt Island FIRST Robotics Team Tentative Itinerary - April 2018.pdf
F. Facilities Services

20. Purchase and Sale Agreement for 2.08 Acres at Sabal Elementary School
Attachment: Purchase and Sale Agreement - Sabal Elementary.pdf
F. Project Management

21. South Area Alternative Learning Center - Design Build Services
Attachment: South Area Alternative Learning Center GMP.pdf
22. DeLaura Middle School - Phase III Facility Renewal - Close-Out
Attachment: DeLaura Middle School OEF-209.pdf
23. Cape View Elementary - Design Build Services - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Cape View Elementary School GMP.pdf
24. MILA Elementary School - Design Build Services - RFP #17-P-084-DR - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Mila GMP Attachments.pdf
Attachment: Mila Cost Benefit Form.pdf
25. Reappoint School Board Representative to the Titusville Local Planning Agency
F. Approval of Consent

26. Approval of Consent

Approve the February 13, 2018 Consent Agenda with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Misty Belford
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
G. Action
G. Purchasing & Warehouse

27. Purchasing Solicitations
Attachment: a - ITB 13-B-044-WH - Extension -Telephone Systems Maint & Instal Svc.pdf
Attachment: b - SC-18-SC-043-SH - Grainger.pdf
Attachment: c - SS 18-SS-011-SH - Automated Logic.pdf
Attachment: d - SS 18-034-SH - Thor Guard Inc..pdf
Attachment: e - PB 18-PB-033-NC Virco Contract - Us Communities.pdf


Approve the Invitation To Bid (ITB) below:

a - ITB #13-044-WH - Telephone Systems Maintenance & Installation Services - Educational Technology - $80,000.00 - Operating Other

Approve the State Contract (SC) below:

b- SC #18-SC-043-SH - Grainger Industrial & Commercial Supplies and Equipment - Facilities Services - $150,000.00 - Operating Categorical

Approve the Sole Sources (SSs) below:

c - SS #18-SS-011-SH - Automated Logic Corporation - Facilities Services - $100,000.00 - Operating Other

d - SS #18-SS-034-SH - Thor Guard, Inc. - Facilities Services - $80,000.00 - Operating Other

Approve the Piggy Back (PB) below:

e - PB #18-PB-033-NC - Virco Contract - US Communities - Purchasing & Warehouse Services - $60,000.00 - Operating Other


Vote Results
Motion: Misty Belford
Second: Matthew Susin
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

H. Information
H. Elementary Office of Leading and Learning

28. Elementary ELA Gap Years and South Lake Instructional Materials
Attachment: Costs for Elementary ELA Gap Year Digital Materials and South Lake Elementary Materials.pdf

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


Chairman Craig let everyone know that Leadership Brevard had their 4 under 40 awards and Krista Miller, principal of Astronaut High, was awarded one of the awards.

There was originally a workshop planned for  March 13 to go over charter applications.  However, since none were received, Chairman Craig asked the board members if they wished to meet on another topic or cancel.  Mr. Ziegler commented he had to check on something and would let Chairman Craig know.

Mr. Ziegler spoke about NSBA Pharmacy Benefits. They requested that we provide some claims data to them so they could identify what they could have done for us under their program. Their report showed that the district was not getting nearly all of its rebates, but also Mark Langdorf did some footwork himself and found out through an offer from Cigna that if we were to renew, they would increase our rebates by over $800,000 a year. Staff is looking at going out on bid for pharmacy benefits. Mr. Ziegler will forward the report from NSBA.

Ms. Belford shared that there is a transportation bill (SB 188) which would drop our statutory transportation limit from two miles to 1.5 miles. There is no additional funding associated with the bill so would be looking at tens of millions of dollars of increased cost. Our ask to our legislators is that while we accept the concept, they need to make sure that funding is provided in order for us to comply. 

Matt Susin asked about the compensation study. Regarding SB policy 7510, he  asked the board about looking into the charter schools who now come in at category three; which makes it expensive for them to use our facilities. He feels that it is an inequity. Mr. Craig asked to wait until staff has completed its study regarding all fees district wide.  In reference to our retirement packages,  Mr. Susin would like the board to bring an RFI. If we reduce the number of vendors to one, it might lower the points we are charged. This will be added this as a topic to the retreat.

He is worried about the numbers of students at Quest.

L. Superintendent's Report
30. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: Dr. Blackburn had nothing further to report.

M. Adjournment
31. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Craig adjourned the meeting at: 6:47 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).