02-14-2012 Regular School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in regular session on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 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 9, 2012. 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 (Tracy Stefanovic, 12th Grade, Titusville High)
3. Invocation

Minutes: Tracy Stefanovic, 12th grade student from Titusville High School, read the Invocation.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Dana Poppell, 12th Grade, Titusville High)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes:  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Dana Poppell, 12th grade student of Titusville High School.

A-5. Entertainment (Titusville High School Jazz Band)
5. Entertainment


Titusville High School Jazz Band, under the direction Band Director, Ian Schwindt, entertained the Board and the viewing audience prior to the start of the meeting, played one additional number.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray thanked Mr. Schwindt and his students for entertaining the Board this evening.

Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called for a brief recess at 5:40 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 5:44 p.m.


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


Dr. Binggeli read the following changes into the agenda:

Recognition Agenda
B-7.   Spotlight on Education

Presentation Addition
D-8.   2011 Tradition vs. Charter School Results

Consent Revision
F-13.   Student Expulsions
F-19.   Instruction Staff Recommendations
F-20.   Support Staff Recommendations
F-35.   Conditions and Clarifications Related to the Approved Attendance Boundary and Program Boundary Changes for the 2012-13 School Year

Approve the School Board meeting agenda of February 14, 2012 and its revisions.      - PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
B. District Communications

7. Spotlight on Education


Dr. Binggeli noted this evening's spotlight is Port Malabar's "Hearts for Heroes". He introduced Codi Mister, Project Coordinator, and her students Carson White, 3rd grader, and Brandon Mays, 6th grader.

After a brief video clip, Ms. Mister explained the purpose of the "Hearts for Heroes" project is to collect items for deployed troops to show them that they are appreciated, remembered and that we care.

Chairman Dr. Murray thanked Ms. Mister and her students regarding this project and stated that Valentine's Day was a wonderful day to tell our troops that we care.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
D. Presentations
D. Board Office/ Superintendent

8. 2011 Traditional vs. Charter School Results


Dr. Brian Binggeli, Superintendent of Schools, gave a presentation regarding the 2011 Traditional Schools versus Charter Schools Results.


1. Brevard Public School had a net gain of 180 points.
2. Brevard Charter Schools had a net loss of 479 points.
3. The study compared Charter School and Brevard Public Schools with similar demographics including low socioeconomics as represented by free/reduced lunch. The arguments that Charter Schools house a greater number of disadvantaged students and outperform Brevard Public Schools are null.
4. Argument which was not taken into consideration by the state.  Charter Schools should have to out perform Brevard Public Schools before they could circumvent the districts oversight in the application process.
5. Department of Education stated that they were not going to provide this type of data to the communities and stated that the individual counties would have to do it. 

Ms. Kneessy requested that Dr. Binggeli explain what makes up the point total for better understanding for the community.

Dr. Murray stated for clarification purposes that the Legislature is discussing taking the district's capital money, which is generated by tax dollars and giving it to Charter Schools, who are owned by private-for-profit management companies, for building and maintenance purposes.

Dr. Binggeli  also stated that all of the PECO dollars that have come from the state, for the past two years, have gone to the Charter Schools with no funding going to traditional schools.

Discussion ensued between Dr. Binggeli and Dr. Murray as it relates to the Florida Department of Education (DOE) miscalculating information where they left out some of Brevard's top performing schools, and Dr. Binggeli had to correct them.  Dr. Binggeli explained that situation and another on how the DOE gave a grade to a Charter school that did not even have students on a particular grade level.

Ms. Kneessy restated what Dr. Murray and herself stated at a previous meeting. It is crystal clear that public education is under attack and everything and anything that can be done to make the public schools look bad and make charter schools and private schools look better then the public schools is what is happening.

D. Accountability, Testing and Evaluation

9. FCAT 2.0 and School Grade Changes
Attachment: 2012 FCAT 2.0 New Scores.Updates PPT Feb Board Mtg.pdf

Dr. Karen Schafer, Director of the Office of Accountability, Testing & Evaluation gave a presentation on FCAT 2.0 and School Grade Changes.

Discussion ensued amongst the Board and Dr. Schafer in regard to how the 30 percent for the end of course exam and the rationale in determining it, and different scenarios on how the district will handle different challenges like ESE.

Dr. Krupp suggested that all of the principals meet with their School Advisory Committees and go over the presentation that Ms. Schafer just gave to the Board.

Dr. Murray suggested pulling our business partners together and explaining what will happen there. She restated what Ms. Henderson said earlier regarding our district might not look as appealing to outside industry as we are due to the changes in the FCAT 2.0.

Dr. Murray brought up the concern of how valid a high school diploma is going to be in the future as it relates to getting into a University. The reason that she brought this point up is that there are cases that since the student's SAT and ACT scores are so high, they did not need the high school diploma.

Dr. Murray stated that the processes and the mandates that we are being forced to follow are not taking into consideration the child and the child's learning needs.  She stated that she is very fearful of the emotional impact these changes will have on the young children and high school students alike on the overall learning alike.   Dr. Murray stated that we compare ourselves with high performing nations but the high performing nations do not test themselves like Florida does. 


D. Student Services

10. 2010-2011 Graduation Rate Presentation
Attachment: February 14 2012 Board Presentation Graduation Rate 2010-11.pdf

Dr. Binggeli introduced Dr. Beth Thedy, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, gave a presentation on the 2010-2011 Graduation Rate.

Dr. Murray thanked Dr. Thedy for all her efforts that went into the report and her quality control.

Dr. Krupp asked what type of impact is being looked at as it relates to virtual schooling in the years to come and is the district tracking those students?

Dr. Thedy stated that the students in the BVIP program are tracked since they are our own students.  Those students that leave us for home education and then attend virtual school are not tracked since they are no longer our students, which makes it difficult to quantify.

Dr. Binggeli wrapped up the conversation as it relates to the graduation rate and how it effects the students of Brevard County.  He stated that the end game is the student graduating and they will from Brevard.

E. Public Discussion
11. Public Discussion


Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray reminded the public that there is a maximum allotted time of three minutes for each speaker.  She also stated 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. Milo Zonka, Palm Bay - Clarifications of Redistricting
2. Marci Bratman, Indialantic - Sibling Preference
3. Joanna Stewart, Indialantic - Sibling Preference
4. Nathan Howard, Patrick AFB - Redistricting
5. Richard Smith, BFT, Rockledge - Documentary on Teaching
6. Dan Bennett, BFT, Rockledge - Labor Relations
7. Marcus Hochman, Cape Canaveral - Relations (lack of)
8. Maria Riviera, Melbourne - Sibling Preference

Chairman Dr. Murray thanked the evening's speakers and mentioned that their willingness to speak before the Board is appreciated. 

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

12. Approval of Minutes
13. Student Expulsions
Attachment: 2.14.12 Expulsions.pdf (Confidential Item)
14. Appoint Citizen Representative Alternate to Brevard County Value Adjustment Board
Attachment: Gina Gindolfi Resume VAB Alt..pdf
F. Financial Services

15. Financial Statements with the Operating Budget Amendment for the Period Ending December 31, 2011
Attachment: December 31, 2011 Financials.pdf
Attachment: Budget Amendment #4 - December 31 2011.pdf
Attachment: Dec 2011 budget amendment explanations.pdf
F. Accounting Services

16. Investment Performance Report for the Quarter Ending December 31, 2011
Attachment: BREVARD_4Q11_COMPLETE updated.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

17. Property Disposal
Attachment: FEB_14_2012.pdf
Attachment: FEB 14 2012 LETTERS.pdf
18. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, and Sales & Services Agreements
Attachment: 12-007LL Windows and Store Front Recommendation of Award.pdf
Attachment: Summary ITB 12-006BP - Bulk Commodity Processing.pdf
F. Human Resources

19. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 02-14-12.pdf
Attachment: 2012 February 14 ESOL.DOC.pdf
20. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: 02-14-12.pdf
F. Labor Relations

21. 2012-2013 Staffing Plan Recommendations
F. Compensation & Benefits

23. Job Description: Senior Buyer
Attachment: Senior Buyer Proposed Final Job Description SGS.pdf
F. Curriculum & Instruction

24. Fee Structure for Brevard Public Schools
Attachment: Fee Structure & Allowable Fees for CTE.pdf
F. Secondary Programs

25. High School and Middle School Instructional Program Course Lists for 2012-2013
Attachment: High Course List 2012-13.pdf
Attachment: Middle Course List 2012-13.pdf
F. Student Services

26. Amended Cooperative Agreement between the School Board of Brevard County, Florida and the Friends of Brevard Lacrosse
Attachment: Amended Lacrosse Agreement 02-01-12.pdf
F. Exceptional Education

27. Approve Contracted Services Agreements to Provide Continuing Family Liaison Services
Attachment: Tomaka-Feb-June2012.pdf
Attachment: TerriRamieFeb-June2012.pdf
28. Approve Contracted Services Agreement to Provide Screening for Child Find
Attachment: GustafsonFeb-May2012.pdf
29. Approve Contracted Services Agreement for Learner Empowerment through Agency Partnerships (LEAP) Trainer for Students/Adults with Disabilities
Attachment: BOEJordanFeb.15-Jun29, 2012.pdf
30. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Entitlement Projects Roll Forward Funds for Fiscal Year 2011
Attachment: doePreK150-2011.pdf
Attachment: doe150-Entit.RollFor.2011.pdf
Attachment: R.DOE151PreKRoll2011.pdf
Attachment: 2011IDEARollForward-151.pdf
31. Memorandum of Agreement between Brevard Public Schools and Brevard Family Partnership
Attachment: MOA2012-13.pdf
F. Central Area Superintendent

32. Field Trip - Rockledge High, Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High, Viera High Schools FIRST Robotics to the FIRST Boston Regional in Boston, MA and FIRST World Championship in St. Louis, MO
Attachment: Robotics Pink Team Board approval Request.pdf
F. North Area Superintendent

33. Field Trip - Merritt Island High School FIRST Robotics - FIRST World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri
Attachment: 9721X-PRINT_7200P-IR3235-Bldg9-69_2345_001.pdf
F. Facilities Services

34. FPL Interconnection Agreement for Solar Panels at Apollo Elementary and Endeavour Elementary Schools
Attachment: Apollo Elem. Application and memo.pdf
Attachment: Endeavour Elem. Application and memo.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

36. Approval of Consent Agenda

Approve the consent agenda for the February 14, 2012 School Board meeting, with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Compensation & Benefits

22. Job Description: Manager - Sales & Marketing
Attachment: Mgr-MarSal.pdf

Ms. Henderson pulled this agenda item to discuss her concerns on the Sales & Marketing position.  She stated that the state has put us in this position of having to sell things to get additional money for our district and that is not our job.  Although the district is not at the point of filling the position, the fact that we even have to have this position instead of a data administrator to help ensure that the Board has the data that is required.

Dr. Murray stated that she was all for this position initially and still feels as though the district needs to be cognizant about marketing and funding.  She mentioned that she has reservation about this position moving forward due to oversight and other issues that the Board has in this area.  Dr. Murray recommended that the Board totally pull this item off the agenda.

Mr. Ziegler stated that he does not feel that we need this position at this time but the Board is just approving the job description.

Ms. Kneessy concurred with Dr. Murray to pull this agenda item due to the concerns that were raised at the January 31, 2012 School Board Workshop.  She stated until those areas are addressed, she does not feel that we can move in this direction.



Motion was made to pulled the item.

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

Motion Minutes: 

Dr. Krupp asked from clarification as to why this item was being pulled. He stated that the Board tasked Dr. Binggeli to get a job description before the Board as it relates to the Sales & Marketing Manager.  Dr. Binggeli has done that and now wishing for it to be removed.

Dr. Murray stated that this position comes under District Communications. She mentioned that at the workshop, the Board showed a lack of confidence in that particular division of our school district.  Dr. Murray stated that until the confidence reaches the Board's expectation, she recommended that the whole process be put on hold.

Ms. Kneessy stated that she concurred with Dr. Krupp in regard to wanting to move forward with this item but the issues that were discussed at the January 31, 2012 workshop supersede this item going forward.

Mr. Ziegler feels that the work has been done and should be approved.

Discussion ensued about the job description, the Board's lack of confidence in District Communications, and placing a hold on this agenda item until the confidence level has been restored.

F. Facilities Services

35. Conditions and Clarifications Related to the Approved Attendance Boundary and Program Boundary Changes for the 2012-13 School Year
Attachment: Conditions and Clarifications - Revised.pdf

Mr. Ziegler pulled this agenda item for clarification on the grandfathering the 6th grade students from Meadowlane but there was no discussion about removing transportation. He also brought a concern about a group of students in the south part of the district who would be going to a third school in two years due to redistricting.  Mr. Ziegler stated that he gave the Board the wrong information when it was asked if the students would be going back to the school that they were just redistricted from last year.

Discussion ensued amongst the Board about how many students in this area will be impacted.

Reconsider the motion from our prior meeting of redistricting Meadowlane.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


Maintain the redistricting of Meadowlane students with the exception of those students effected in the 2010-2011 redistricting. These students will be grandfathered with transportation.

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: 

Ms. Kneessy asked for clarification on the Reduction of Enrollment at Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School.

Ms. Kneessy questioned the Board on special consideration of sibling preference at Cocoa Beach High School for the military students at Patrick's.

Dr. Murray asked how giving this preference to the military would impact the numbers at Cocoa Beach.

Mr. Theodore stated that there are currently 90 students on Patrick's.  The Board decided tabled the discussion because they did not have enough data.


Approve the Conditions and Clarifications related to the Approved Attendance Boundary and Program Boundary Changes for the 2012-13 School Year.

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

Motion Minutes: 

Ms. Henderson pulled this agenda to discuss Kennedy Middle School and the transportation of the Pre-Cambridge students since there is a bus going right by them.

Dr. Binggeli said that we have not historically opened up corridor bussing to other students even if there was room because that would be too difficult to maintain.

Discussion ensued about transportation and corridor bussing as it relates to the Pre-Cambridge, Cambridge, and IB Programs.

Mr. Theodore said that if they approve the conditions as stated, it will negate the prior motion regarding Meadowlane. Dr. Krupp amended his motion.


Approve the Conditions and Clarifications related to the Approved Attendance Boundary and Program Boundary Changes for the 2012-13 School Year inclusive on what was voted on for Meadowlane.

Motion withdrawn

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

Motion Minutes: 

Ms. Henderson asked for clarification as it relates to the 50 student set aside at Freedom 7.

Mr. Theodore stated that the Board did not take action on the items listed under Clarifications on the attachment at the previous meeting.

Ms. Henderson asked if the fifty student set aside was needed at from Freedom 7. Dr. Ron Bobay said that the set aside were not needed.

Dr. Murray requested that Dr. Krupp amend his motion again.

Dr. Krupp withdrew the motion.


Approve the Conditions and Clarifications related to the Approved Attendance Boundary and Program Boundary Changes for the 2012-13 School Year inclusive on what the Board previously voted on for Meadowlane and to delete the language from the clarification section regarding the set-asides for Freedom 7.

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: 

Ms. Henderson asked for clarification on the removal of the wording and asked what that did. If it deletes the item.

Mr. Bistline stated that with the motion and the second it just deletes the wording on the clarification page. It does not address the issue.

Mr. Theodore said that was Ms. Henderson is requesting is to eliminate the need for the fifty seat set aside.

Tim Cool, Principal of Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School gave the back ground history on how the set asides came about in the first place. He stated that is was a gentleman's agreement between the two schools.  Discussion ensued about the fifty seat set-aside.

Mr. Bistline since there is confusion as to whether this fifty seat set aside is and agreement or an action frm the Board, he suggested that the Board make a motion to end it.


Removal of the 50 student set-aside for Freedom 7 students with no sibling preference.

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

Motion Minutes: Dr. Murray stated that she does not think that it is fair to pull the plug on students that are currently in the pipeline for certain programs.

G. Action
G. Central Area Superintendent

37. Naming Sabal Elementary School Playground


Authorize the Superintendent to advertise for the public hearing to approve the request by the Sabal Elementary community to name the new playground: John J. Vaughan Playground.  Dedication ceremony to take place on March 23, 2012.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

H. Information
H. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

38. School Recognition Bonuses
H. School Choice

39. Recommend the Approval of the Academy Dell' Arte (ADELLA) Charter Contract
Attachment: Academy Dell'Arte Charter Contract FINAL.pdf
H. Student Services

40. Approve Contracted Service Agreement for Mandatory Training through Federally Funded Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Grant "Project Understanding Students"
Attachment: SEL Media Contracted Services Agreement.pdf
H. South Area Superintendent

41. Field Trip for Eau Gallie High School AFJROTC Students to Fly Aboard C-130 Aircraft at Patrick AFB, Florida
Attachment: Eau Gallie High AFJROTC Flight Aboard C-130 4-3-12.pdf
42. Palm Bay High School Robotics Trip to Omaha, Nebraska
Attachment: Palm Bay High - Robotics - Omaha - March 14-18, 2012 2.pdf
43. Palm Bay High School Robotics Trip to Anaheim, California
Attachment: Palm Bay High - Robotics - Anaheim - April 18-22, 2012 2.pdf

I. Staff Reports
44. Staff Reports

Minutes: There were no staff reports.

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

Minutes: There were no additional public presentations.

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


Dr. Krupp noted that he attended the League of Cities meeting that the City of Rockledge hosted.

Dr. Krupp noted that he attended the Brevard Symphony Orchestra at the King Center for the 5th grade which was phenomenal.

Dr. Krupp noted that he attended the Health Advisory Committee meeting.

Dr. Krupp noted that he attended All County Chorus and mentioned their talent and beautiful voices.

Dr. Krupp noted that he attended a the Brevard Cultural Alliance meeting.

Ms. Henderson noted that she attended the Brevard Symphony Orchestra at the King Center for the 5th grade, its quite the event.

Ms. Henderson noted the she attended Solo & Ensemble at Viera High School. She appreciated the talented teacher who help our students excel in the arts.

Ms. Henderson noted that she attended, along with Dr. Lynn Spadaccini, Director of Elementary Programs, the FCAT Accountability Reform Committee.

Ms. Kneessy noted that she met with a group of teens on the Great Tobacco Initiative.

Ms. Kneessy reminded the Board that on Thursday, March 16, 2012 is the Brevard Schools Foundation 525 on the River.

Ms. Kneessy mentioned that she met with the two Brevard County Law Enforcement Officers, who are trying to promote a drug free initiative along with surfing. They will be talking with the Parent Advisory Group.

Mr. Ziegler congratulated West Melbourne School for Science, for being rated the Number 1 Elementary School in the state.  He thanked the West Melbourne City Council for their proclamation recognizing West Melbourne School for Science.

Mr. Ziegler noted that he attended, along with Dr. Murray, the Black History Breakfast at Cocoa High School.

Mr. Ziegler thanked Merritt Island High School staff for raising money with their Jeans day, for the Children Hunger Project.

Mr. Ziegler noted that he too attended Brevard Symphony Orchestra at the King Center.

Mr. Ziegler noted that he went to the FSBA Day in the Legislature in Tallahassee, Florida.  He thanked Representative Steve Crisafulli for helping him get into see some of the House Representatives. Mr. Ziegler thanked Mike Haridopolis for getting him appointments with Senator Wise and Senator Simmons.

Dr. Murray thanked Dr. Stephanie Soliven for the wonderful breakfast to honor the Black Community Leaders around the Cocoa and Central Florida area.

Dr. Murray congratulate students that are working real hard on the science fair projects.  She stated that she is always amazed at what they come up with for their projects.

Dr. Murray also sent out a congratulations on the Merritt Island High School staff.

L. Superintendent's Report
47. Superintendent's Report


Dr. Binggeli wish good luck to Melissa Catechis and Hilah Mercer. They are state finalist for Assistant Principal of the Year and Principal of the Year.  He said that it is a big deal since there are only three finalist named in the state and we have both an assistant principal and a principal from Brevard County.

Dr. Binggeli mentioned that work of our Science research teachers who work so tenaciously and put so much effort into supporting our students.

Dr. Binggeli told a story of a science board that he noted has been used since 1994, almost two decades.  He made mention of Olivia from Hoover to let her know that we are proud of her and those that have come before her.

M. Adjournment
48. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board meeting of February 14, 2012 was adjourned at 9:26 p.m.