02-14-2017 Board Workshop (Budget Priorities 2017-18)

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met for a Board Workshop on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 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 2, 2017 with a correction to time changed from 2 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Florida Today on Monday, February 13, 2017. The affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

Opening Exercises
1. Opening Exercises

Minutes: Chairperson Belford called the meeting to order at: 1:03 p.m.

Roll Call
2. Roll Call


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

Mr. Susin arrived at 1:06 p.m.

Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Chairperson Belford led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Order of Business
4. 2017-2018 Budget Priorities
Attachment: Budget Priorities Workshop Presentation.pdf
Attachment: Budget Priority Requests - Dr. Blackburn.pdf
Attachment: Budget Reductions.pdf
Attachment: Long-Range Forecast - Operating Fund.pdf
Attachment: Revenue Enhancements.pdf

The meeting was turned over to Pennie Zuercher, Chief Financial Officer. She explained that this workshop was a "working" workshop and encourage Board members to ask questions.

She followed the agenda which included:

  • State Revenue Projections/Budgetary Legislative Update
  • Long-range General Funds Projections
  • Review Budgetary Needs
    • Prior year reductions
    • Prior Year Revenue Enhancements
  • New Requests
  • Next Steps
  • Board Discussion-Prioritizing Budgetary Needs

There was much discussion. The Board was not prepared to eliminate anything on the lists provided by Ms. Zuercher.  Members expressed that they needed more information and specific details on what the items will cost before they could make a decision.  The consensus was to have another workshop in advance of the June, 2017 budget meeting.   

Closing Remarks
5. Closing Remarks

Minutes: Chairperson Belford thanked Dr. Blackburn and staff for the work that had been done in preparation for the meeting.

6. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairperson Belford adjourned the workshop at: 4:15 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).