02-22-2011 Special School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 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 17, 2011. 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 of February 22, 2011 to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call


Members Present: Dr. Michael Krupp, Dr. Barbara Murray, Karen Henderson, Andy Ziegler
Amy Kneessy participated via the phone.

Chairman Murray requested a moment of silence for Kasey Canada, 7th grade student from Clearlake Middle School and Cathy Loris, Employment Specialist for Brevard Public Schools, who passes away unexpectedly.


A-3. Invocation (Hailey Clark, 12th Grade, Viera High School)
3. Invocation

Minutes: The Invocation was led by Hailey Clark, 12th grade student from Viera High School.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Connor McDougall, 11th Grade, Viera High School)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Connor McDougall, 11th grade student at Viera High School.

A-5. Entertainment (Viera High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble)
5. Entertainment


Viera High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Chorus Director, Abigail Crane, entertained the Board and the viewing audience prior to the start of the meeting and played one additional musical number.

Chairman Murray took this opportunity to thank Ms. Crane and her students for entertaining the Board.

Chairman Murray called for a recess at 5:39 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 5:41 p.m.

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


Dr. Binggeli read the following changes into the agenda:

Consent Revisions
F-13.   Student Expulsions
F-20.   Ratification of the 2010-2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the International Union Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 78 - Local 1010 and the School Board of Brevard County
F-22.   Contracted Services Agreement to Provide a Two-Day Asperger Syndrome Training

Consent Deletion
Ratification of the 2010-2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the School Board of Brevard County and the Brevard Federation of Teachers.

Adopt the agenda for the Special School Board meeting of February 22, 2011 and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
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
Attachment: Senior Project School Brd Presentation.pdf

Dr. Murray took this opportunity to welcome the Webelos Cub Scouts Pack 285 of Melbourne, under the leadership of Dr. Mark Rendell. Dr. Murray mentioned that the Board met with the troop prior to the start of the meeting to answer questions from the scouts.

Dr. Binggeli welcomed Rick Fleming, West Shore's Principal, Sherie Jenkins, Senior Project Coordinator, Laurie Hering, Ocean Breeze Principal and Kaitlyn Hoskovec, West Shore Senior.

Ms. Hoskovec presented a PowerPoint presentation that briefly described West Shore's Diploma of Distinction and the Senior Project.


8. Honor Nickolas Caso for Helping a Choking Victim


Dr. Binggeli invited Nickolas Caso, 8th grade student from Johnson Middle School, and his principal, Rob Fish to the podium. Dr. Binggeli explained that Nickolas saved the life of a fellow classmate. Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray and Dr. Binggeli, on behalf of the School Board, presented Nickolas with a certificate of appreciation.

Dr. Murray took this opportunity to recognize the family of Nickolas Caso.

9. Allied Veterans Help Replace Stolen School Electronics


Dr. Binggeli invited Stephanie and Brent Weeks from Allied Veterans to the podium along with Lori Migliore, Principal of Palm Bay Elementary and fourth grade students; Dylan Finsted and Logan McAteer. 

Dylan and Logan read the thank you cards that were written to  Mr. & Mrs. Weeks for their generous donation of $7000.00. Ms. Migliore presented Mrs. Weeks with the rest of the hand written cards from the fourth grade and presented them with the Palm Bay Elementary Hero Award.

Ms. Weeks said a few words of thanks and mentioned how outraged that they were to know that someone could steal these computers from a classroom.

Chairman Murray and Dr. Binggeli gave their heartfelt appreciation for their generosity.

Dr. Binggeli took this opportunity to publicly thank Brevard Federation of Teachers (BFT) for their generosity for replacing the stolen field trip money in the amount of $150.00.

B. Middle School Programs/K-12

10. Brevard Public Schools Music Demonstration Schools


Dr. Binggeli stated the Music Demonstration Schools (MDS) Project was implemented in 1988 and developed be the Department of Education in cooperation with the Florida Music Educators Association. He announced that Brevard Public Schools has a total of 19 of the 21 Music Demonstration Schools statewide. Dr. Binggeli turned the meeting over to Cindy Johnson, Music Resource Teacher for K-12 Programs.

Ms. Johnson, on behalf of  Dr. Linda Lovins, Florida Department of Education Bureau of Curriculum & Instruction Art Education Specialist, made the following announcements.

Music Demonstration School Honorable Mention:
Indialantic Elementary: Linda Swartout, music teacher; Mary Cassidy, Principal

Newly Designated Music Demonstration Schools:
Lockmar Elementary: Kevin Chancellor, music teacher; Norma Hostetler, Principal

Re-Designated Music Demonstration Schools:
DeLaura Middle School: Andrea Smith, Scott Smith and Al Dodds, music teachers; Jeremy Salmon, Principal (through the application process); Claudia Shirley, Principal (recently appointed)
Dr. W.J. Creel Elementary School: Kimberly Dickman and Jill Law, music teachers; Kathryn Eward, Principal
Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School: Patti Peltz, Laura Singletary, and Veronica Curran, music teachers; Rob Fish, Principal
Mila Elementary School: Christine Givens, music teacher; Kelli Dufresne, Principal
Satellite High School: Mark Nelson, Tim Liscum and Mark Sutherland, Music teachers: Mark Elliott, Principal

 Chairman Murray and Dr. Binggeli congratulated these well deserving schools and their administrators. The schools were presented a banner to be displayed in their schools.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Middle School Programs/K-12

11. Youth Arts Month, Music in Our Schools Month, Theatre for Life Month Resolution
Attachment: 2011 Youth Arts Month Resolution.pdf
Minutes: Christine Davis, Director of District Communications, read the resolution proclaiming the month of March as Youth Arts Month, Music in Our Schools Month and Theatre for Life Month as supported by the Florida Legislature and the Untied States Congress.

Approve the resolution to adopt the month of March as Youth Arts Month, Music in Our Schools Month and Theatre for Life Month as supported by the Florida Legislature and the United States Congress.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

D. Presentations
E. Public Discussion
12. Public Discussion


Chairman Murray reminded the public that there is a maximum allotted time of three minutes per speaker set aside for discussion.  She also stated that the Board would not respond to comments or requests but the Superintendent will investigate them and respond in a timely manner.

1.    Richard Smith, Mims, BFT - Against Bonus Option
2.    John Russo, BFT, Rockledge - Respect for Public Education/Teachers
3.    Kevin Chancellor, Palm Bay - Hydroponic Greenhouse
4.    Marcus Hockman, Cape Canaveral - The Right to...
5.    Debra Greco,  LUnion1010, Orlando - LU 101 Contract Ratification

Ms. Greco gave the Board the results from the Local 1010 Contract Ratification. She stated that out of 3,188 eligible employees, there were only 339 employees that voted on the contract. There were 189 yes votes and 159 no votes.

Ms. Greco invited the Board to visit Local 1010 at their new location at 1613 N. Cocoa Blvd.

Chairman Murray expressed to the speakers that their willingness to speak before the Board is appreciated.


F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

13. Student Expulsion(s)
Attachment: Expulsions 2.22.11.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Accounting Services

14. Warrants Written for the Month of January, 2011
Attachment: Warrant List - Jan 2011.pdf
F. School Food and Nutrition

15. Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Equipment Assistance Grants
Attachment: 2010 Equipment Assistance Grant RFP.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

16. Property Disposal
Attachment: FEB_22_11.pdf
Attachment: WESTSHORE.pdf
17. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, Sales and Services Agreements
Attachment: ITB 11-015BM Tree Trimming, Vegetation Removal and Stump Grinding.pdf
Attachment: ITB 11-016BM Bleacher and Backstop Repair and Motorization.pdf
Attachment: ITB 10-026BM Painting Contractor Rev 2-14-11.pdf
F. Human Resources

18. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 02-22-11.pdf
19. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 02-22-11.pdf
F. Labor Relations

20. Ratification of the 2010-2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 78 - Local 1010 and the School Board of Brevard County
Attachment: Insurance and Bonus Information.pdf
Attachment: Final Contract Language 1010 2.14.11.pdf
F. Exceptional Education

21. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Entitlement Projects Roll Forward Funds for Fiscal Year 2010
Attachment: 9721X-PRINT_9815P-IR3235-513-EXED_IDEA ROLLFORWARD 09-10_001.pdf
22. Contracted Services Agreement to Provide a Two- Day Asperger Syndrome Training
Attachment: 2010-11Kowalski Contract-3-17-11.pdf
F. Central Area Superintendent

23. Consultant Agreement - Sherwood Elementary with Dr. Marty Hopkins
Attachment: Hopkins Contract_Sherwood Elem.pdf
Attachment: Hopkins.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

24. Approval of Consent Agenda


Chairman Murray and the Board agreed to forgo the scheduled video break.


Approve the consent agenda. - PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
G. Action
G. Human Resources

25. School Board Policy Revisions - NEOLA Recommendations - Action
Attachment: NEOLA Policies - Action - 02-22-11.pdf


Authorize the Superintendent to advertise for Public Hearing to adopt/approve the new/revised School Board policies as listed below:

New Policies






Revised Policies














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

H. Information
H. Labor Relations

26. 2011-2012 Staffing Plan Recommendations
Attachment: 2011-2012 Staffing Plan Recommendations 2.9.11a.pdf

Ms. Kneessy pulled the agenda to get clarification on the recommendation that the Board will be voting on in regard to the 2011-2012 Staffing Plan.

Lee Berry, Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources, stated that the recommendation is to approve the Staffing Plan as revised in May 2010 during the budget reduction process.

Ms. Kneessy requested the entire plan before agreeing to or not agreeing to as it relates to the Staffing Plan. Mr. Berry stated that the approved Staffing Plan in online but mentioned that it will be attached to the agenda item for the next meeting.

Ms. Kneessy stated that she will have a lot of questions since the budget is 80-85 percent staffing and would like to make sure before we move forward on any staffing item to understand the full financial impact.

H. Compensation & Benefits

27. Job Description: Exceptional Education Specialist
Attachment: Spec-ExEd.pdf

Dr. Murray pulled the agenda item for discussion on the qualification for the specialist in ESE (Exceptional Student Education). She stated that she is a little concern about the three year teaching minimum because it may not be consistent with the length of time it would take to achieve some of the other qualifications. Dr. Murray also stated her concerns about ESOL qualification not being in place prior to the hire since this requirement has been in place for a number of years and it is a requirement for graduation in most of the universities. She suggested making the ESOL a requirement for this position.

Sue Carver, Director of Exceptional Education, responded to Dr. Murray's concerns and stated that they would be looking for someone that has more than the three years experience but that is the minimum.

Joy Salamone, Director of Labor Relations, mentioned that the newer people coming out of  the universities will not have the experience that the district is looking to hire.

Discussion ensued in regard to the hiring of the exceptional education specialist. Dr. Murray questioned whether the ESOL endorsement could be listed as preferred. Ms. Salamone said that would be changed when it came back to the Board in March.


H. Central Area Superintendent

28. Consultant Agreement - Clearlake Middle School - Alane Ferguson
Attachment: CMS-Ferguson Contract 2011.pdf
Attachment: CMS-Ferguson.pdf
H. North Area Superintendent

29. Cocoa Beach Junior Senior High Wind Ensemble field trip to Atlanta, GA
Attachment: 9721X-PRINT_7200P-IR3235-Bldg9-69_1159_001.pdf

I. Staff Reports
30. Staff Reports

Minutes: There were no staff reports.

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

Minutes: There were no additional public presentations.

K. Board Member Reports
32. Board Member Reports


Mr. Ziegler stated that the Boy Scout Eagle Dinner is coming up which is chaired by Sheriff Parker and recognizing Rob Rains, President of United Way, as a Golden Eagle Recipient. He thanked Ms. Kneessy and her family for being a table host.

Mr. Ziegler mentioned that on Saturday, February 26, 2011 Taylor for Teens will be having an event to bring awareness to trouble teens at the Melbourne Association of Realtors on Sarno Road.

Mr. Ziegler thanked Mark Mullins, South Area Superintendent, for his report to the Board about Flag raising at the schools on holidays.

Ms. Kneessy (present by phone) stated that she had been very busy in her personal life and appreciated the support and looked forward to being at the next Board meeting in person.

Dr. Murray wished Ms. Kneessy a speedy recovery.

Dr. Krupp thanked all of the groups that defrayed all of the cost for the fifth grade student to attend the BSO (Brevard Symphony Orchestra). He mentioned the tremendous performances.

Dr. Krupp mentioned that he visited Pinewood Elementary and they are the first elementary school to have a National Honor Society.

Dr. Krupp mentioned that he and Dr. Murray attended the Merritt Island Science Fair.

Dr. Krupp noted that he was invited to the King Center to see the Junior Thespians (6-8th grades) from 119 schools from around the state of Florida.

Dr. Murray congratulated all of the science fair winners from the Merritt Square Mall over the weekend. She mentioned that the projects will never cease to amaze her.

Dr. Murray wished the Titusville Lady Terriers Basketball team luck in the state finals.

Dr. Murray mentioned that there was a suggestion that she take a look at the superintendent's evaluation form and try to align his criteria scale with that of the accreditation. She stated that it is currently being review after discussion with Dr. Binggeli and thanked Ms. Kneessy for her suggestion.

Dr. Murray thanked the Board Members for their preparation prior to the Board meetings and she mentioned that she has been receiving positive feedback.  She thanked Dr. Binggeli for the preparation of the agenda and eliminating some of the lagging.

L. Superintendent's Report
33. Superintendent's Report


Dr. Binggeli thanked the Board for the positive feedback. I hope whatever efficiencies we capture in work we put into listening to the fantastic things that are happening in our schools.  He mentioned that in the last few board meetings, two fantastic community service projects where our young people are not only learning but giving back to the community which in some cases in a global community.

Dr. Binggeli expressed his appreciation of the work of Local 1010 in the contract efforts. He pointed out there is a collaboration effort between the district and BFT in formulating the evaluation process.

Dr. Binggeli noted the Governor's budget eliminates the compression dollars for five of the districts in Florida who's voters passed the 0.25 Mill Critical Needs. Brevard is one of those that gets eliminated. He explained to the viewing public. No one is sure what formula the Governor used.

Dr. Binggeli mentioned that the district is informing the parents on how to access the states legislature website but we will have the link on our front page with a synopsis.

Dr. Binggeli noted that the AP courses taken by students with a passing grade of a 3 or above in 2009 was 58.4 percent and it went up to 62.1 percent in 2010. For the first time in four years, the pass rate is the highest in the state of Florida and exceeds the global average.

M. Adjournment
34. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board Meeting of February 22, 2011 adjourned at 7:00 p.m.