02-24-2009 Special School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, February 24, 2009, 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 19, 2009 and 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 Robert Jordan called the Special School Board meeting of February 24, 2009 to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: Members Present: Robert Jordan, Dr. Barbara Murray, Amy Kneessy, Karen Henderson, Andy Ziegler

A-3. Invocation (Alyssa Marcoux, 8th Grade, Jefferson Middle School)
3. Invocation

Minutes: The Invocation was led by Alyssa Marcoux, 8th grade student from Jefferson Middle School.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Mariah Jordan, 8th Grade, Jefferson Middle School)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mariah Jordan, 8th grade student from Jefferson Middle School.

A-5. Entertainment (Jefferson Middle School Advanced Treble Choir)
5. Entertainment


The Jefferson Middle School Advanced Treble Choir, under the direction of Music Director, Lisa Benincasa, entertained the Board and audience with a musical number. Mr. Jordan took this opportunity to thank Ms. Benincasa and her students for entertaining the Board.

The Chair called for a break at 5:44 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 5:48 p.m.

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


Dr. DiPatri read the following changes into the agenda:

Resolution Additions:
C-10.   Proclamation: Tobacco Free Florida Week, February 27 through March 7, 2009

Presentation Additions:
D-14.   Status on 2008/2009 Budget Reductions

Consent Additions:
F-27.   Approve Dr. James W. Johnson as a Brevard Schools Foundation Board Member

Consent Revisions:
F-16.   Student Expulsions

Consent Deletions:
Field Trip: Merritt Island High Band to Washington, D.C.

Action Additions:
G-29.   Superintendent Search: Adopt the Characteristics for the Superintendent Profile

Information Additions:
H-39.   Field Trip: Merritt Island High Band to Washington, D.C.

Information Deletions:
Field Trip: Rockledge High School Board to Atlanta, Georgia


Approve the published agenda for the School Board Meeting of February 24, 2009 and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests
B. Board Office/Superintendent

7. Recognition of Rotary Youth Exchange Student: Ivy Huang

Minutes: Mr. Ziegler introduced Ivy Huang, a foreign exchange student from Taiwan, who is staying with his family and attending Melbourne High School. Chairman Jordon questioned Ms. Huang about the differences in the schools and her experience in the United States.
B. Accounting Services

8. Recognize Principals and Bookkeepers for Exemplary Internal Accounts Audit Reports


Dr. DiPatri introduced Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services, who along with Christine Zamagias, Manager of School Accounting and Property Control, recognized the following principals and bookkeepers for exemplary internal  accounts audit reports.

The following principals and bookkeepers are being recognized for an exemplary internal accounts audit with no audit findings for FY08:




Creel Elementary        

Kathryn Eward 

Cynthia Warren 

Croton Elementary

Lyn Rinehart

Fay Brewer

Fairglen Elementary

Kathryn Jane Cline

Erica Back

Jupiter Elementary

Cynthia Harris

Sue Gordon

Kennedy Middle

Richard Myers

Diane Olszewski

Longleaf Elementary

Marilyn Sylvester

Debra Latsbaugh

Meadowlane Primary

Karen Kise

Louise Layne

Oak Park Elementary

Ronald Dedmon

Susie Mitchell

Saturn Elementary

Michael Miller

Jenifer Howe

South Lake Elementary

Dr. Nancy Nichols

Susan Owens

Stone Middle

Andrew Johnson, Jr.

Denise Olsen

University Park Elementary

Donna Entsminger

Flora Hope Gilliam

West Melbourne Elementary

Thomas Westermeyer

Brunilda Mojica

The following principals and bookkeepers are being recognized for an exemplary internal accounts audit with no audit findings for two years consecutively:

Cape View Elementary

Kelli Dufresne

Victoria Byrnes

Lockmar Elementary

Norma Hostetler

Wilma Lebkuecher

Pinewood Elementary

Donna Neill

Nanise Nails

Roosevelt Elementary

Dorothy Richardson

Myrna Bowker

The following principals and bookkeepers are being recognized for an exemplary internal accounts audit with no audit findings for three years consecutively:

Anderson Elementary

Denise Johnson

Angel Greene

Indialantic Elementary

Mary Cassidy

Marie Greco

Manatee Elementary

Carl Brown

Heather Spinneweber

Ralph Williams Elementary

Cynthia Ford

Maureen Munn

The following principals and bookkeepers are being recognized for an exemplary internal accounts audit with no audit findings for four years consecutively:

Audubon Elementary   

Lynn Francisco      

Kimberly Burns    

Stevenson Elementary   

Michael Corneau   

Jane Dumont        

Tropical Elementary      

Jane Respess         

Debbie Legge

The following principal and bookkeeper are being recognized for an exemplary internal accounts audit with no audit findings for eight years consecutively:

Bayside High

John Tuttle               

Debra Lucas

The following principal and bookkeeper are being recognized for an exemplary internal accounts audit with no audit findings for twelve years consecutively:

Discovery Elementary

Dawna Bobersky      

Nancy Kuhn

B. Middle School Programs/K-12

9. Brevard Public Schools Music Demonstration Schools


Dr. DiPatri announced that Brevard Public Schools has 23 of the 28 Music Demonstration Schools statewide and introduced DaLaine Chapman, K-12 Music Resource Teacher. Ms. Chapman introduced Dr. Linda Lovins, Florida Department of Education in Fine Arts Curriculum Specialist who introduced our newest members and our redesignation to our Music Demonstration Schools.

Dr. Lovins commended the district for keeping the arts in schools and feels that Brevard Public Schools and its students are the future of Florida's Space Coast. Dr. Lovins announced the new and redesignated Music Demonstration Schools as Chairman Jordan and Dr. DiPatri presented them with a plaque and banner to display at their school sites.

The following school received Honorable Mention:
Oak Park Elementary -Mary Jackson and Diana Bertrand, music teachers, Ron Dedmon, Principal

Brevard has had four schools redesignated as Music Demonstration Schools for 2009-2012:
Audubon Elementary -Beth Haulman, music teacher, Lynn Francisco, Principal
Cambridge Elementary -Kathy Burrier, music teacher, Hilah Mercer, Principal
Central Middle School-Ree Nathan, Silvia Perez, Mark Sanders,  music teachers, Pam Mitchell, Principal
Croton Elementary -Gary Mousseau, music teacher, Lynn Reinhart, Principal

Brevard has added three new schools as Music Demonstration Schools for 2009-2012:
Gemini Elementary - Brian Meisenburg, Stephanie Delaney music teachers, Joan Holliday, Principal
Stevenson Elementary -Bill Yoh, music teacher, Michael Corneau, Principal 
Saturn Elementary -Joan Slawson, music teacher, Mike Miller, Principal

Dr. Lovin stated that there was one additional plaque that is being given for the first time. The plaque reads as follows:


Florida Department of Education recognizes Brevard Public Schools Dr. DiPatri, Superintendent and DaLaine Chapman, Resource Teacher, for its remarkable contribution to excellence in music education through the Music Demonstrations Programs/ February 24, 2009 and signed by Eric J. Smith, Commissioner.



C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Board Office/ Superintendent

10. Proclamation: Tobacco Free Florida Week, February 27 through March 7, 2009
Attachment: Tobacco_Free_Florida_Week_Proclamation1 (2).pdf

Christine Davis, Acting Director of District Communications, read the resolution proclaiming February 27 through March 7, 2009 as Tobacoo Free Florida Week.

Dr. DiPatri took this opportunity to recognize Representative John Tobia for his presence at the meeting.

Adopt the resolution proclaiming February 27 through March 7, 2009 as Tobacco Free Florida Week.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

C. Middle School Programs/K-12

11. Youth Arts Month, Music in Our Schools Month, Theatre for Life Month Resolution
Attachment: agenda attachment 02 24 09 ARTS-MUSIC MONTH RESOLUTION 09.pdf
Minutes: Christine Davis, Acting 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.

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: Barbara Murray
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

C. Area IV Superintendent

12. Harry T. & Harriette Moore Week
Attachment: RESOLUTION.pdf
Minutes: Christine Davis, Acting Director of District Communications, read the resolution proclaiming March 2 through March 8, 2009 as Harry T. & Harriette Moore Week.

Adopt Harry T. & Harriette Moore Week, March 2 through March 8, 2009- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

D. Presentations
D. Board Office/ Superintendent

13. Superintendent Search: Qualities Desired in a New Superintendent
Attachment: 33 Qualities Desired 3 Pages (2).pdf
Attachment: Board Approved Timeline.pdf

Dr. DiPatri introduced  and welcomed Steve Triplett, Executive Director for Ray and Associates, Inc.  who gave a presentation to the Board regarding the data gathered by the constituents from Brevard County in the qualities they desire to have in the next superintendent.

Dr. Murray recommended to the Board that an advanced degree be encouraged as one of the recommended qualities in searching for the next superintendent due to the quality and size of our district. The message that we send to our student and teachers would be consistent if an advanced degree is preferred.

Mr. Jordan requested that Dr. Murray clarify what she meant by an advanced degree. Dr. Murray stated a doctorate. Mr. Jordan agreed that the advanced degree is a desirable attribute to have but is not a requirement. He stated that it is important to get the best candidate as possible but does not want to discourage anyone for putting his or her name in for the position.

Ms. Kneessy stated her concern about not having data driven decision listed as one of the qualities since the bottom line is accountability and it comes with data. She recommended that the Board consider adding Quality #32. Recommendations and decisions are data driven.

Mr. Ziegler questioned whether Ray and Associates, Inc. has a list of minimum requirements for the superintendent position such as degrees.

Mr. Triplett stated that the Boards normally determine their level of educational preference that they will accept. Some  Boards say doctorate mandatory, some say doctorate preferred. As a firm, we certainly recommend doctorate preferred because it expands the pool but we leave it up to the Board to determine.

Dr. Murray requested that earned doctorate preferred be added. She explained that an earned doctorate is from a research university and not an online university.

Mr. Jordan recommended it be stated as such; earned doctorate is preferred but not required. The Board agreed.

Ms. Henderson requested the Board add the quality that Ray and Associates requested them to consider which is, able to build consensus and commitment among individuals and groups with emphasis in parental involvement.

Mr. Triplett briefly went over the calendar and clarified one of the meeting dates. The Board changed a meeting date on the timeline from April 13 to April 9, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. in the Superintendent's conference room.

Mr. Jordan thanked Mr. Triplett for his time.



14. Status on 2008/2009 Budget Reductions


Before Dr. DiPatri began his presentation on the 2008/2009 Budget Reduction, he took an opportunity to comment and thank all the people from BFT to the workers at the King Center that made the Town Hall meeting of February 23, 2009 a success. He stated that he was overwhelmed by the 10,000 teachers, parents, students, volunteers and employees that came to the King Center to ask questions to the Legislative Delegation for Brevard. He thanked the Legislators for being at the Town Hall meeting to answer the questions of the people for the education of our students.

Dr. DiPatri stated that there could be an additional 2% cut for the 2008/2009 school year but the district would not give the recommendation to the Board until the March 10th or March 24th School Board meeting. One of the biggest questions is what the stimulus package will do for education.

Ms. Preston gave a brief report for the Board and the public on how the federal stimulus package will impact the budget status. It is estimated that Florida will get $12.2 billion , of that education could get $3.5 to 4 billion.

Ms. Kneessy requested that Ms. Preston explain to the community why supplanting would be difficult for the district. Ms. Preston stated that supplanting means replacing money that we would use on a day to day basis.

Dr. DiPatri mentioned that there will be a Webinar on March 3, 2009 by AASA (American Association of School Administrators) in regard to the negotiation for education in Florida.

Dr. DiPatri took the opportunity to clarify some confusion that was reported in the paper about pay reductions for the employees of Brevard Public Schools. He stated that if there were to be a pay reduction, then he would suggest an employee referendum so the Board would have some insight on how the employees are thinking/feeling about it. Dr. DiPatri mentioned that the decision will not be made just by the five Board members without the knowledge of the employees.

Ms. Kneessy questioned what would it mean to go out for an additional money and the length of time it would take to request the money. Dr. DiPatri stated that the Board cannot do anything until the Legislative Session because we have no idea what is going to happen. The district will find out the financial status in late May. The law requires 120 days to notify the clerk. The earliest that you are looking at is the November election if you choose to go that route. Ms. Kneessy stated that it sounds as if it is a quicker process than it really is and was asking for clarification for some of the misconceptions that are in the community and that she is not looking to go that route. 

Mr. Jordan stated that Brevard is currently charging the maximum millage rate.

Mr. Jordan commented on the Town Hall meeting and how he got chill bumps on the amount of people that showed up at the meeting. The spirit of the people focused on a single cause was incredible.

Ms. Kneessy stated that the one point that she does not think that we hit home on yet is that Brevard Public Schools is the largest employer in the county. When other employees like Harris or NASA state they are going to lay off people, there are no calls that tell them to trim their fat and people come out of the woodwork to help them. She wants to make sure the word is out that we are a school but we employ 10,000 people and we cannot afford to have a tenth of them walk out the door and be unemployed in six months.

Mr. Ziegler suggested that we ask the students since they are becoming aware of cost saving measures.



E. Public Discussion
15. Public Discussion


The Chair reminded the public that there is a maximum allotted time of three minutes per speaker set aside for discussion. He also stated that the Board would not respond to issues this evening but the Superintendent would investigate the concerns and respond in a timely manner. The following person(s) addressed the Board:

  1.  John Russo, BFT, Rockledge -  Town Hall Meeting at the King Center
  2. Carrie Chancellor, PalmBay - Town Hall Meeting at the King Center

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

16. Student Expulsion(s)
Attachment: Expulsions 2.24.09.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Accounting Services

17. Warrants Written for the Month of January 2009
Attachment: 2009-01.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

18. Surplus Property
Attachment: Educational Technology Letter.pdf
Attachment: Food Services Letter.pdf
Attachment: FEB_24_09.pdf
19. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, Sales and Services Agreements
Attachment: 08-022BM Tree Trimming, Vegetation Removal and Stump Grinding - Option Year 1.pdf
Attachment: 08-027BM Bleacher and Backstop Repair and Motorization Contractor - Option Year 1.pdf
Attachment: 08-029BM Carpet, Vinyl Sheeting and Ceramic Tile Installers - Option Year 1.pdf
Attachment: 09-026LH Ice Storage Tanks for Space Coast Jr.-Sr. High and Enterprise Elementary School.pdf
Attachment: 06004BM Subterranean and Drywood Termite Treatment- Option.pdf
F. Human Resources

20. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 02-24-09.pdf
21. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 02-24-09.pdf
F. Area I Superintendent

22. Eau Gallie High School FIRST Robotics Team to Attend Palmetto Regional Competition at Clemson University in South Carolina
Attachment: EGHS Robotics trip to SC.pdf
F. Area III Superintendent

23. Consultant Agreement between the School Board of Brevard County and Alane Ferguson, Author
Attachment: Ferguson, Alane.pdf
F. Project Management

24. Amendment #1 to Agreement for Design/Build Services for Additions and Renovations at Eau Gallie High School
Attachment: Eau Gallie HS Amendment #1.pdf
F. Additional Items

25. Approve Dr. James W. Johnson as a Brevard Schools Foundation Board Member
Attachment: Dr. James Johnson resume.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

26. Approval of Consent Agenda

Approval of consent items with the exception of those pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Board Office/Superintendent

27. School Board Members Salary
Attachment: SB 6-A.pdf
Attachment: Criteria for 2009-2010 Budget Reductions 02.24.09.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Kneessy pulled this item to give the background on the School Board salary and stated that since the Legislature recently gave the Board the flexibility to adjust the salary, made a motion to reduce their salary to that of a first year teacher of $36,000.

Effective with the next pay cycle, School Board Members salaries will revert to that of a first year teachers pay of $36,000.00- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

F. Title I/Early Childhood Education

28. Summer Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK)


Dr. Murray requested that Dr. DiPatri explain for the viewers, the funding for the Summer Voluntary Prekindergarten(VPK). Teresa Wright, Director of Early Childhood Education and Title I, explained that the district is paid on a per pupil allocation by the state for this mandatory VPK program. The program is mandatory for the district to provide but it is voluntary for the student to attend.

Discussion ensued about the VPK program, enrollment size, teacher to pupil ratio, bussing and the sites at which VPK and SOAR are being offered.

Approve district participation in the Summer Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) program as it is mandated and funded by the State of Florida.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

G. Action
G. Board Office/Superintendent

29. Superintendent Search: Adopt the Characteristics for the Superintendent Profile
Attachment: Brevard Top Ten Survey Template.pdf
Attachment: The 33 Characteristics Explained.pdf
Attachment: Brevard Public Schools Seeks.pdf
Attachment: 33 Qualities Results.pdf

Adopt the characteristics for the Superintendent Profile. 1. Will inspire trust, has high levels of self-confidence and optimism, and models high standards of integrity and personal performance. 2. Has knowledge of and successful experience in sound fiscal practices and management of district resources, including appropriate participation of others in planning and decision-making 3. Demonstrates effective communication skills to include speaking, listening and writing. 4. Will listen to input, but can make a decision when necessary. 5. Is strongly committed to a "student first" philosophy in all decisions. 6. Has successful experience in the selection and implementation of educational priorities consistent with the interests and needs of students, staff, board and community. 7. Can delegate authority appropriately while maintaining accountability. 8. Has demonstrated strong leadership skills in previous positions. 9. Is able to lead a large organization dedicated to goals of continuous improvement. 10. Will commit to community visibility with high interest in a broad range of community groups and organizations. 11. Is able to build consensus and commitment among individuals and groups with emphasis on parental involvement. 12. Makes recommendations and decisions that are data-driven. 13. Earned doctorate preferred, but not required. - PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

G. Human Resources

30. School Board Policy Revisions - NEOLA Recommendations
Attachment: 2009 School Board Policies 2.pdf

Adopt/approve the new/revised School Board Policies and Procedures listed below and authorize the Superintendent to advertise for public hearing. New Policies 1139 2411.01 3340 4340 8141 1139.01 3139.01 4211 7511 Revised Policies/Procedures 1030.01 1430.01 2623 3210 5120 8475 1120 1430.02 3120 3430.01 5517.01 8660 1121.01 2125 3121.01 3430.02 7101 9270 1140 2260 3139 4210 7120 9800 1150 2421 3140 4430.01 7540.04 1210 2431 3150 4430.02 8310 - PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy requested the district find out what other districts are charging for the media broadcast of student athletic competitions as stating in Policy 7511.


Ms. Kneessy questioned on Policy 8475 that deals with the criminal background checks and whether the parents and guardians are to be covered under the volunteer section of the policy and receive a Level 2 criminal background check. Andrea Alford, Director of District Security, answered in the affirmative.


Ms. Kneessy requested on Policy 9270 that the students with exceptions (i.e. Speech and Language) be written in as part of the policy.


Ms. Kneessy requested some typos be corrected and other changes be made to Policy 9800 Charter Schools. She also questioned  the language in the contract about a Charter School not levy taxes or issue bonds secured by tax revenue. She questioned how are they secured if they are not secured by tax revenue. School Board Attorney Bistline stated that it was right out of the charter school law and it means that the bonds cannot pledge the revenues to any tax revenues.


Ms. Henderson questioned Policy 1150, 3150, and 4150 on resignations. She questioned the recordkeeping on the entitlement of sick time credit accrual of support, teachers, or administrators after their resignation. Joy Salamone, Director of Labor Relations, explained that we keep track of employees unused sick leave until they retire. These policies have always been in place but is new to the administrators.

H. Information
H. Accounting Services

31. Public Sale of Series 2009 Revenue Anticipation Notes
Attachment: RAN Series 2009 Resolution (Draft).pdf
H. Curriculum & Instruction

32. Canine Commando Challenge - Gifted Curriculum Project
Attachment: PROJECT SUMMARY.pdf
33. Summer Opportunities for Advancement and Remediation (SOAR) 2009


Ms. Henderson asked for clarification on why the district was only providing the third grade reading camp for Level I FCAT students and not Level II FCAT students as well.

Lynn Spadaccini, Director of Elementary Programs, explained that the state requires the district to provide this summer reading program to the Level I third grade students and due to budget constraints to the SOAR program, we are only offering what we are required by the state.

Dr. DiPatri stated that $5 million was cut from the SOAR programs that was all for Level I and Level II students.

Ms. Henderson stated that she was not trying to change anything but pointed out that not being able to help the Level II students achieve Level III through the SOAR opportunity is a results of not having enough money in our district.

Mr. Jordan stated that cutting programs is a slow cancer and our students deserve a better education.

H. Secondary Programs

34. Interinstitutional Articulation Agreement Between the School Board of Brevard County and Brevard Community College
Attachment: BCC BPS Proposed 2008 Articulation Agreement FINAL 1-27-09.pdf
H. Area I Superintendent

35. Eau Gallie High School FIRST Robotics Team to Attend the World Championship for Robotics in Atlanta, Georgia
Attachment: EGHS World Championship-Robotics.pdf
H. Area III Superintendent

36. Field Trip: Rockledge High, Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High and Viera High Schools FIRST Robotics Team World Championship Event in Atlanta, Georgia
Attachment: Robotics-Atlanta 09.pdf
37. Field Trip: Edgewood JSHS, Merritt Island High and Jefferson Middle School Robotics Team #801 FIRST Palmetto Regional Competition at Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Attachment: Robotics SC 3_09.pdf
38. Field Trip: Edgewood JSHS to Columbia Scholastic Press Association Conference Manhattan, NY
Attachment: Columbia Scholastic Press Conference 09.pdf
39. Field Trip: Merritt Island High Band to Washington, DC
Attachment: MIHS Band DC trip.pdf
H. Area IV Superintendent

40. Eau Gallie High School's and Satellite High School's AFJROTC Cadet Incentive Flight Programs

I. Staff Reports
41. Staff Reports

Minutes: There were no staff reports.

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

Minutes: There were no additional public presentations.

K. Board Member Reports
43. Board Member Reports


Dr. Murray congratulated the Science Fair winners and stated that she was pleased to hand out five $40,000 scholarships to students.

Dr. Murray noted that she was a speaker at the Children's Campaign which is sponsored by the League of Women Voters at BCC Melbourne. Dr. DiPatri was also in attendance. She mentioned that the theme of the evening was the crisis of children in the Brevard County community. We have 20 thousand students in Brevard County who are living in low income or at the poverty level. Those children statistically are twice as likely to drop out or enter the penal system and the cycle goes on. It is important for the community to recognize that the programs like the alternative education and the teen parenting programs are to keep the students in school so they can become successful and pursue jobs.

Dr. Murray stated that she has been invited by the Cocoa Beach Commissioners to speak at their next commission meeting on March 5, 2009. The topic will be the problems in the district regarding the budget shortfall.

Dr. Murray thanked the parents and community members who are forming groups to go to Tallahassee and mentioned that words could not express how wonderful it is to see all the people who are rallying around the children in our community.

Mr. Ziegler noted that the tone of the emails are not as demanding and there is more understanding from the community of what is happening as it pertains to the budget cuts.

Mr. Ziegler noted that he visited Eau Gallie High School and their Career and Technology Programs. He also stated that we need to find a way to promote these great programs despite the budget cuts.

Ms. Kneessy stated that everything has been well said about the Town Hall meeting but took the time to compliment Ms. Preston for taking very complicated formula and making it easy to read and  understand, for even students, in the brochure that she put together for the meeting.

Ms. Henderson stated that she attended the Odyssey of the Mind competition where there were over 107 different groups from 80 different schools and it was fascinating to watch these students come up with such innovative ideas.

Ms. Henderson noted that she went to the King Center for the Brevard Symphony Orchestra for the fifth grade, not only was the orchestra fabulous but the students were asked to provide their rendition of Lincoln and some of our artist were phenomenal. We have some real talent in this community. 

 Ms. Henderson commented on the Town Hall meeting. She thanked everyone for their passion about every child's education in Brevard and coming out to support their education.

Mr. Jordan stated that his wife told him that their daughter Christina has found a new hero and that it was Dr. DiPatri. Mr. Jordan told Dr. DiPatri that he appreciated his passion at the Town Hall meeting and being a cheerleader for everything that is good in this district, especially education.  



L. Superintendent's Report
44. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: There was no Superintendent's report.

M. Adjournment
45. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board meeting of February 24, 2009 was adjourned at 7:54 p.m.