02-24-2015 Special School Board Meeting

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 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 12, 2015. 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


Chairman Amy Kneessy called the meeting to order at 5:31 p.m.

She asked for a moment of silence for three members of our BPS family that recently passed away: Justus Heyne, Andre Sheffield and Hunter Richards.

A. Roll Call
2. Roll Call


Members Present:
  John Craig, Misty Belford, Amy Kneessy, Karen Henderson and Andy Ziegler

A. Invocation
3. Invocation


Kira Parker, a fifth grade student from Golfview Elementary Magnet School, presented the invocation.


A. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Alina Mohan, sixth grade student from Golfview Elementary School, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A. Entertainment
5. Entertainment


The GEMS Showstoppers under the direction of Bob Barone, Primary Performing Arts Academy teacher and Carolyn Barone, Fourth grade Performing Arts Academy teacher, provided entertainment prior to the start of the Board meeting.

They performed one additional number after the meeting was called to order.

Chairman Kneessy called for a brief recess so the students could gather their belongings at: 5:45 p.m.

Chairman Kneessy resumed the Regular School Board meeting at: 5:50 p.m.

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

Adopt the February 24, 2015 Special School Board Meeting agenda and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Karen Henderson
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

A. Administrative Staff Recommendations
7. Administrative Staff Recommendations

Minutes: Dr. Binggeli recognized and thanked Hilah Mercer, Andrew Johnson, Karen Kise, Kerri Nash and Susan Standley and offered them time to make remarks.


Approve the applicable listed administrative staff recommendations:

Accept the retirement of Karen D. Kise, Principal at Meadowlane Primary Elementary School, effective June 30, 2015.

Accept the retirement of Sarah Hilah Mercer, Principal at Cambridge Elementary School, effective June 30, 2015.

Accept the retirement of Susan G. Standley, Director of Employee Benefits and Special Programs, effective June 30, 2015.

Accept the retirement of Andrew L. Johnson, Principal at Stone Magnet Middle School, effective July 31, 2015.

Accept the retirement of Kerri L. Nash, Principal at Meadowlane Intermediate School, effective June 20, 2015.

Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: John Craig
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
B. Community Relations

8. Spotlight on Education

Minutes: Manatee principal, Carl Brown, and fifth grade teacher, Jamie Puschus presented information about Manatee's science related field trip to Camp LaNoChe. Board members expressed appreciation for the school offering this activity and felt it was a great experience for children.
B. Brevard Schools Foundation

9. Check Presentation and Recognition of Florida Sport Fishing Association


Dr. Binggeli introduced representatives from the Florida Sport Fishing Association (FSFA), John Durkee, Curt Thurston and Scott Chandler as well as Brevard Schools Foundation's executive director, Janice Kershaw.

The FSFA representatives presented a check to Ms. Kershaw in the amount of $4,335.00.  This money will be used to fund classroom mini-grants.

10. Check Presentation and Recognition of United Launch Alliance

Minutes: Janice Kershaw, BSF executive director, Ginger Davis, secondary science resource teacher, expressed appreciation to United Launch Alliance for the support they have provided to schools. United Launch Alliance representatives Mark Dowhan and Chris Vogel presented a check for $25,000.00
B. Middle School Programs/K-12

11. Florida Music Educators Association Award Recipients

Minutes: Cindy Johnson, music resource teacher, invited Dr. Binggeli and Chairman Kneessy to join her in recognizing award recipients from the Florida Music Educators Association.
B. Students at Risk

12. "See It-Report It-Stop It" Anti-Bullying Video Contest


Dr. Binggeli introduced Lieutenant Mike Scully who provided an overview of the "See It-Report It - Stop It" Anti-Bullying Video contest as well as introduced the winners.  The winning video was shown.

Members of the Brevard County Crime Prevention Task Force were on hand to recognize and congratulate each winning team.

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

13. Youth Art Month, Music in Our Schools Month, Theatre for Life Month Resolution
Attachment: 2015 Youth ART-MUSIC MONTH RESOLUTION.pdf
Minutes: Michelle Irwin, director of Community Relations, read the resolution.

Adopt the month of March as Youth Art 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
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

D. Presentations
E. Public Comment
14. Public Comment


Chairman Kneessy reminded the speakers that the maximum allotted time for each speaker is three minutes. Clarification of information presented and answers to questions specific to district business and educational matters will be posted on the School Board's website under the section called "4 The Record."

  • Rebecca Rayborn: Insurance Issue
  • Gary Shiffrin- BASA: Legislative Days, Mel Hi
  • John Emery: Old Mel High Building
  • Douglas Lebo - Titusville Playhouse: Reverter Clause for old Melbourne High School
  • Nereida Conboy - Employee: To reinstate hours, months of vacation pay for media assistants
  • Marcus Hochman- Employee: Bargaining, Responsibility
  • Richard Smith - BFT: High Stakes Testing
  • Tina Descovich - Parent: Creating an Opt Out Procedure
  • Kinley Nagle- Cocoa Resident: The Real Cause of Learning Disabilities

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

15. Approval of Minutes
16. Student Expulsions
Attachment: 2015-0224.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

17. Resolution Relating to the Flexibility of Categorical Funding
Attachment: The 2014 Florida Statutes - 1011.62 (6)(b) Resolution for Categorical Flexible Spending.pdf
Attachment: Categorical Flexible Spending Resolution 2014-15.pdf
F. Accounting Services

18. Warrants for the month of January 2015
Attachment: Warrant List - January 2015.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

19. Purchasing Bids, RFP's, RFQ's and Sales & Services Agreements
Attachment: a - SSA 15-357-AL - Holly Ludgate, Ed.D..pdf
Attachment: b - SSA 15-429-AL - Kagan Professional Development.pdf
Attachment: c - SSA 15-438-AL - Family Counseling Center of Brevard.pdf
Attachment: d - SSA 15-446-DR - Eckerd - Provide Services to Students at Risk at North, Central & South Alternative Learning Centers.pdf
Attachment: e - SSA 15-483-WH - BrainPOP.pdf
Attachment: f - SSA 15-488-DR - UCF.pdf
20. Property Disposal
Attachment: Board Report 02-24-2015.pdf
Attachment: Board Letters 02-24-2015.pdf
F. Human Resources

21. Facilities Services Job Descriptions - Bargaining Unit Positions
Attachment: Grounds Maint Tech.pdf
Attachment: ElecTechII.pdf
Attachment: ElecTechI.pdf
Attachment: Facilities Fund Accountant.pdf
Attachment: ElecTechIII.pdf
Attachment: Training Custodian.pdf
22. Facilities Services Job Descriptions - Nonbargaining
Attachment: EnvironHealthSafetyEngineer.pdf
Attachment: Supervisor - Custodial.pdf
23. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 2-24-15.pdf
24. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 02-24-15.pdf
F. North Area Superintendent

26. Merritt Island High Band trip to Atlanta, Georgia
F. Facilities Services

27. Reappoint School Board Representative to the City of Melbourne's Local Planning Agency
F. Project Management

30. MILA Elementary School - Gutter and Soffit Repair - Change Order #2
Attachment: Mila Elementary School Change Order #2.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

31. Approval of Consent

Approve the February 24, 2015 Consent Agenda with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Karen Henderson
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Office of Professional Learning and Development

25. School Year Calendar Standards and the 2015-2016 School Year Calendar
Attachment: Copy of 2015-16 BPS CALENDAR_DRAFT A Aug 12 start.pdf
Attachment: 2015-16 BPS CALENDAR_DRAFT C Aug 24 start.pdf
Attachment: 2015-16 BPS CALENDAR_DRAFT B Aug 17 start.pdf
Attachment: Standards for Calendar Draft 2015-2016 2.10.2015.pdf

Karen Henderson asked to pull this item to make sure the public understands that the delay in the calendar is the legislature not allowing local control of the district's calendar. She also asked for Ms. Irwin to get something out to parents so they will also be aware.

Dr. Binggeli commented that our hope is that there will be movement early in the legislative session to allow us to put out a concrete start date.

Mr. Ziegler mentioned that our delay in a start date affects more than just our district. He also discussed reasons that we fell from a "high-performing" district.  He said that way that the way is was determined was not fair. He asked what the penalty would be if we went ahead with the earlier start date. He felt that we should establish the calendar at the earlier start date and hope that legislation aligns with it.

Chairman Kneessy asked Mr. Bistline on whether or not the Board personally would be liable for breaking the current law.  Mr. Bistline said that it would be entirely possible that the state would withhold funding for those earlier days which would be substantial.

Staff recommends approval of Calendar C, based on current statutory language, with Calendar A as first alternative, Calendar B as second alternative, in the event of legislative action allowing for an early start by May 1. - PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Andrew Ziegler
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

F. Project Management

28. Andersen Elementary School - Guaranteed Maximum Price for Air Handler Unit Replacement at Buildings 2, 3 and 5
Attachment: Andersen Elementary School GMP and Budget Worksheet.pdf

Misty Belford pulled both F28 and F29. She asked for Mr. Theodore and his team to address some particular phrasing  about advance funding.  She wanted this clarified for the public.

Sue Hann, director of Planning and Project Management, explained that Item F-28 and Item F-29 are projects that are on the half cent sales tax project list, but also on the capital funding list.  The half-cent sales tax funding will not be received until March, but we need to move forward now. They are starting the projects with the funding strings that indicate capital facilities funding and as the sales tax revenue becomes available, they would like to replace those capital funds with  sales tax funds. This is in the best interest of the District because unrestricted capital funds can be used for a broader range of projects.  This concept will be run by the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee when they meet on February 25, 2015.


Approve the Andersen Elementary School air handler replacement budget for a total project cost not to exceed $672,615.

Approve the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) submitted by Heard Construction, Inc. under their continuing contract for construction management services for the Andersen Elementary School Air Handler Replacement Project for the amount not to exceed $593,384.71.

Vote Results
Motion: Misty Haggard-belford
Second: Karen Henderson
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

29. Sea Park Elementary School - Guaranteed Maximum Price for Concrete Repairs and Roof Replacement for Building 14 Pavilion
Attachment: Sea Park Elementary School GMP and budget supporting documentation.pdf


Approve the Sea Park Elementary Concrete Repairs and Roof Replacement for Building 14 Pavilion for a total construction project cost not to exceed $88,700.

Approve the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) submitted by Canaveral Construction Company, Inc. under their continuing contract for construction management services for the Sea Park Elementary School Pavilion Concrete Repair and Roof Replacement Project for the amount not to exceed $78,632.00

Vote Results
Motion: Misty Haggard-belford
Second: Karen Henderson
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

G. Action
H. Information
H. Risk Management

32. The Workers' Compensation, General Liability, and Auto Liability Claims Third-Party Administration Contract with Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.
Attachment: 2015-18 TPA Agreement - Sedgwick CMS.pdf
Minutes: Mr. Ziegler, Ms. Belford and Mr. Craig thanked Mr. Langdorf for being proactive and providing prompt and detailed explanations to their questions.
H. Middle School Programs/K-12

33. Health Opportunities through Physical Education (HOPE) Instructional Materials Adoption
Attachment: 2015 HOPE Materials Recommendation Rationale 02.24.15.pdf
H. Secondary Programs

34. District World Language Instructional Materials Adoption, Grades 7-12
Attachment: World Language 2015 Textbook Adoption Selection Rationale.pdf
35. District Mathematics Instructional Materials Adoption, Liberal Arts Mathematics 2
Attachment: Mathematics 2015 Textbook Adoption Selection Rationale.pdf
H. South Area Superintendent

36. Naming the West Shore Jr./Sr. High School Stage in the Auditorium the "Jim Melia Memorial Stage"
Attachment: West Shore - Naming of Stage.pdf
37. Contract/Field Trip -- Bayside High Football Game vs Lowndes High School in Lowndes County, Georgia
Attachment: Bayside High Football - Travel to Georgia - Aug 2015.pdf

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


Chairman Kneessy asked Mr. Butto for some information about the recent phone issues. She expressed concern over this being at so many of our schools.

Mr. Butto explained that this is an AT&T outage due to a fiber being cut in the Orlando area.  The Board asked for some communication about the issue to be placed on our website and also asked to be updated on the status.

There was also conversation about the upcoming FSA and the way students not taking the tests would be handled. Board members wanted to know what protocols schools had been given and how this was communicated. Some Board members expressed that they did not want students who were not taking the test to remain in the testing environment; they wanted them removed to another location. Dr. Binggeli said they would follow Board direction.

Each Board member discussed the events they had each attended since the last Board meeting. Everyone expressed delight in the activities happening in Brevard Public Schools and were very happy to have been able to deliver the BSF mini-grants. 

Mr. Ziegler had been present when Jupiter Elementary had a "Code Red" drill.  He questioned Lieutenant Scully what the proper protocol was for examining the external bathrooms to determine if a child was still there.

Mr. Ziegler brought up the fact that if certain athletics are not offered in charter schools, that students attending charter schools could participate in an offered sport at his or her home school.  However, he still did not feel that it was right that students attending choice schools did not have the same option.  Mr. Bistline offered that he believed this was an FHSAA ruling and said he would be glad to have a conversation with Mr. Ziegler in regards to this matter.

Mr. Craig asked that we make some sort of debt reduction plan and would like to see that presented in upcoming workshops.

Ms. Henderson made  Board requests:

  •  The history of Bluefin
  • The number of qualifying events and eligible enrollments per month for 2014
  • Since 2004,  the percentage of rate increases for benefits to include the amount of Board contribution vs the amount of employee contributions 

Ms. Henderson also stressed the fact that the legislature is listening, but what they want are solutions to problems, not just to hear that we have problems.  She urged persons to send bulleted lists.

Ms. Belford asked for the link the legislative platform to be placed back on the front page of the website and to have the link to the petition restored.

Ms. Kneessy asked for each Board member to look over the protocols for that allow employees to request out of area for their own children.  She also asked the Board members to let her or Pam Escobar know what topics they would like to discuss at upcoming workshops.

L. Superintendent's Report
39. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: Dr. Binggeli told the Board and viewing audience that he attended a picnic hosted by Take Stock in Children for its mentees and mentors.  He said they do a fantastic job of raising money for the program, but they need mentors and he urged anyone interested to please contact Take Stock for more information.

M. Adjournment
40. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Kneessy adjourned the meeting at 8:30 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).