02-25-2014 Special School Board Meeting

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in The Eagle newspaper on February 13, 2014. 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 Karen Henderson called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: Members Present:  Michael Krupp, Barbara Murray, Karen Henderson, Andy Ziegler and Amy Kneessy

A-3. Invocation (Jonathan Newman, 12th Grade, Eau Gallie High )
3. Invocation

Minutes: Jonathan Newman, 12th grade student from Eau Gallie High School, read the invocation.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Christopher Baird, 12th Grade, Eau Gallie High)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Christopher Baird, 12th grade student from Eau Gallie High School, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A-5. Entertainment (Eau Gallie Percussionists)
5. Entertainment


Eau Gallie Percussionists-Past, Present and Future-Grades 7 through Collegiate, from Eau Gallie High and Johnson Middle schools, under the direction of Matt Schabowsky, Brandon Slone, Katie Roberts and Bobby Blum entertained the Board and viewing audience prior to the start of the meeting and then performed one additional number.

Chairman Henderson thanked Mr. Schabowsky, Mr. Slone, Ms. Roberts, Mr. Blum  and students for their performance.

Chairman Henderson called for a brief recess at 5:42 p.m. 
The meeting reconvened at 5:45 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 Additions
A-8.  Administrative Staff Recommendations
F-17. Student Expulsions
F-27. Amend the Contract for Sculptor Charter School

Consent Revisions
F-21. Florida Department of Health Child Care Program
F-36. Office of Program Policy and Government Accountability 2012-2013 Best Practices for Safety and Security Annual Self - Assessment.

Action Addition
F-39. Reorganization of Departments

Action Revision
F-40. Revision to Policy 7110-Student Accommodation

Information Revision
H-43. Secondary Mathematics Instructional Materials Adoption

Approve the February 25, 2014 agenda and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

A-8. Administrative Staff Recommendations
7. Administrative Staff Recommendations

Minutes: Dr. Binggeli told the Board there was one resignation to accept.


Accept the resignation of Sharon Loines from the position of Principal at Harbor City Elementary School, effective February 21, 2014.


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

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

8. Spotlight on Education


Bayside High School's TV Production program was the featured Spotlight on Education segment.  Presenters were Christine Moore, Bayside principal, Lora Potter, instructor for Bayside TV Production and student, Trevor Pinckney.

9. Barbara Wilcox-Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching


Barbara Wilcox was recognized by Dr. Binggeli, Chairman Henderson and Dr. Spadaccini for receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.  Ms. Wilcox was presented with a  certificate.

B. Brevard Schools Foundation

10. Check Presentation and Recognition of The Boeing Company and The Boeing Employee Community Fund

Minutes: The Boeing Company presented the Brevard Schools Foundation with a check for $55,000.  Boeing representatives Deborah Kelly and Kirstin Freeman presented the check to Janice Kershaw.  Ms. Kershaw invited Chairman Henderson and Dr. Binggeli to present a certificate of appreciation to the Boeing Company.
B. Office of Professional Learning and Development

11. National Model Schools of Professional Learning Communities at Work

Minutes: Dr. Jane Respess made the presentation for the recognition of the district's newest national Model Schools of Professional Learning Communities at Work- Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School.  Dr. Respess asked Dr. Binggeli and Chairman Henderson to assist with the presentation.
B. Middle School Programs/K-12

12. Florida Music Educators' Association Award Recipients


Music resource teacher Cindy Johnson introduced the newest award recipients of the Middle and High School Music Enrollment Award:

  • Andrew Jackson Middle School
  • DeLaura Middle School
  • John F. Kennedy Middle School

Chairman Henderson and Dr. Binggeli assisted with the presentation of plaques.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Community Relations

13. Resolution in Support of Relay For Life
Attachment: RFL Proclamaion Final.pdf
Minutes: Rick Morton, systems analyst in Human Resources and long-time supporter of Relay for Life, read the proclamation.

Recommend support of the Relay For Life Days proclamation.
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Michael Krupp
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

C. Middle School Programs/K-12

14. Youth Art Month, Music in Our Schools Month, Theatre for Life Month Resolution
Attachment: 2014 Youth ART-MUSIC MONTH RESOLUTION.pdf
Minutes: Michelle Irwin, director of District Communications, read the resolution.

Approve the resolution to 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: Barbara Murray
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

D. Presentations
E. Public Comment
15. Public Comment


Chairman Henderson reminded the speakers that the maximum allotted time for each speaker is three minutes.  She told the speakers that clarification of information presented and answers to specific questions will be posted on the district's home page.

  • Richard Smith, BFT-Labor Relations
  • Kinley Nagle, - Hope and Knowledge Regarding Learning Disabilities
  • Marcus Hochman - Sacrifice
  • Jenn Stokes, BFT - Labor Relations

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

16. Approval of Minutes
17. Legislative Priorities List
Attachment: Legislative Priorities-Revised 02-25-14.pdf
18. Student Expulsions
Attachment: 2014-0225 Expulsions (2).pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Brevard Schools Foundation

19. Approval of New BSF Board Members
Attachment: Finegan Short Bio.pdf
Attachment: E Lemp Bio 2014.pdf
F. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

20. School Recognition Bonuses
Attachment: School Recognition Award Estimate for 2013-14.pdf
F. Accounting Services

21. Warrants for the Month of January, 2014
Attachment: Warrant List - January 2014.pdf
F. School Food and Nutrition

22. Florida Department of Health Child Care Program
Attachment: Child Care Food Program Application Packet 09302013.pdf
Attachment: Approval Letters.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

23. Purchasing Bids, RFP's, RFQ's and Sales & Services Agreements
Attachment: a - ITB 11-015BM - Tree Trimming, Vegetation Removal, and Stump Grinding - 6 Month Extension.pdf
Attachment: b - ITB 11-016BM - Bleacher and Backstop Repair and Motorization - 6 Month Extension.pdf
Attachment: c - ITB 14-B-041-CJ - Print Shop Paper and Supplies.pdf
Attachment: d - ITB 14-B-056-DW - Painting Contractor Services.pdf
Attachment: e - ITB 14-B-060-DW - Roof Repair Contractor Services.pdf
Attachment: f - ITB 14-B-063-DW - Gym Floor Refinishing and Repair.pdf
Attachment: g - SSA 13-506-KR-A2 - Teaching Strategies LLC.pdf
Attachment: h - SSA 14-430-WH - ClassLink - Launchpad.pdf
Attachment: i - SSA 14-431-KC - Henry Cole.pdf
24. Property Disposal
Attachment: Feb. 25 Board Report.pdf
Attachment: Feb. 25 Board Letters.pdf
F. Human Resources

25. Job Description - Budgeting
Attachment: Budget Specialist I.pdf
Attachment: Specialist - FTE.pdf
Attachment: FTE_Cost Acctg Analyst.pdf
Attachment: Coordinator - Budget.pdf
Attachment: Budget Analyst.pdf
Attachment: Budget Specialist III.pdf
Attachment: Director - Budgeting_CostAccnt_FTE (2).pdf
26. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 02-25-14.pdf
27. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 02-25-14.pdf
F. School Choice

28. Amend the Contract for Sculptor Charter School
Attachment: Sculptor Charter - Amendment Lottery Application date change.pdf
F. Title I/Early Childhood Education/Head Start

29. Head Start Governing Board and Policy Council Report for December 2013
Attachment: Head Start Governing Board and Policy Council Monthly Report_December 2013.pdf
F. North Area Superintendent

30. Merritt Island High School StangSat Trip to San Luis Obispo, California
Attachment: StangSat.pdf
F. Facilities Services

31. Certification of Florida Inventory of School Houses (FISH) Data
Attachment: 2014 FISH Certification Form.pdf
F. Project Management

32. New Appointment of School Board Representative to Melbourne's Local Planning Agency
33. Rockledge High School Roofing Project Design
Attachment: Rockledge HS Roof Design Fee Proposal.pdf
34. Hans Christian Andersen Elementary School HVAC Design
Attachment: Andersen EL HVAC Design Fee Proposal.pdf
35. Pineapple Avenue - Building 2 Demolition
Attachment: Pineapple Avenue Bldg 2 Analysis.pdf
F. District Security

36. Office of Program Policy and Government Accountability 2012-2013 Best Practices for Safety and Security Annual Self-Assessment
Attachment: 12-13 OPPAGA Addendum 2.11.14 hp.pdf
Attachment: 12-13 OPAGGA 2.11.14 HP.pdf
37. Drivers License and/or Motor Vehicle Record Data Exchange Memorandum of Understanding
Attachment: DAVID MOU 1.15.14 hp.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

38. Approval of Consent

Approve the Consent Agenda of February 25, 2014 with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
G. Action
G. Human Resources

39. Reorganization of Departments
Attachment: Reorganizational Proposal and Job Descriptions.pdf

Mr. Ziegler commented that he commends Dr. Binggeli and the administration for streamlining the organization and combining positions.  He feels that it is an efficient move.  However, Mr. Ziegler wants to make sure that we have clarity on the security position and have a MOU of how that position will work.  He wants to make sure the job description is looked at and updated.

Mr. Ziegler continued that sometimes  we can get too lean and wants to make sure the person put into the position with very high hopes not be able to accomplish the expectations because they are short on resources.  He also thanked Sheriff Ivey for all the support he has already provided.

Dr. Krupp asked for Dr. Binggeli to reiterate just how lean our organization is in regards to administration in comparison with other districts.

Dr. Binggeli explained that while we have 2.6 percent of the students in Florida, we only have 1.2 percent of the district administrators in Florida. 

Dr. Binggeli said that we would work on the MOU after the Board gives approval to move forward.  


Approve the changes in roles and responsibilities reflected in the Reorganization Proposal and Updated Job Descriptions, effective February 26, 2014, unless otherwise noted.

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

G. Facilities Services

40. 2014-15 AICE Cambridge Program Attendance Boundary Change
Attachment: AICE Cambridge Program Map 2014-2015.pdf

Approve the AICE Cambridge Program boundaries as shown on the attached map, beginning with the 2014-15 school year and authorize the Superintendent to advertise for a Public Hearing.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

41. Revision to Policy 7110 - Student Accommodation
Attachment: Policy 7110 Revision Package.pdf
Attachment: Minutes of Committee Meeting.pdf

Ms. Kneessy questioned Mr. Theodore about the makeup of the committee and whether or not the number of staff outweighed the number of community members.  She had read the minutes, but wanted to know how the committee reached consensus.

Mr. Theodore said that each of the committee members weighed in on the prioritizations and the weightings. The committee took individual votes on both the groupings for the prioritizations and individual votes on the weightings themselves of those criteria.

Ms. Kneessy said that her concern was that with the number of staff present, it could have outweighed the vote of any Board appointee.  She said that she would like a feeling of the consensus (for example- 95 percent or 75 percent) and requested more feedback.

Mr. Theodore believed that it was a very productive meeting and every member of the committee was collegial and strived to come to a conclusion.  They came in with a purpose and they achieved the goal of both prioritizing and weighting the criteria. He said that he believed that everyone had a say and the committee as a whole was in favor of the prioritization and weighting.  He believed that the weightings were a unanimous vote.

Ms. Kneessy asked Mr. Bistline about the change in wording from "may" to "shall." 

Mr. Bistline said that he understands that it means the recommendation "shall" be, but that it also says in the language that the Board can accept, modify or reject.

Ms. Kneessy said that she wanted to make sure there was not a legal intent that she missed.

Mr. Theodore said that during the initial meeting there was one procedure.  He then broke it into two.

Mr. Ziegler said that the document clearly says for "School Closure Analysis" which all of the Board agreed was very important.  They did not want any criteria to be definitive for a closure.   Does the document lose sight of that.  Does the Board need more clarity to carry throughout the document?

Mr. Bistline asked for the Board to direct their attention to 5.8 of the Administrative Procedure for Policy 7110-Student Accommodation on page 3 of 3 where it says: Recommendations regarding potential school closures, with modifications as requested, are reviewed and discussed by the School Board as an Action Agenda Item at a School Board meeting. The School Board may accept, reject or modify the recommendations, or request additional recommendations.

Mr. Theodore told Mr. Ziegler that he wanted to note that the committee determined that once they go through the process that it is no longer that you "may" make a recommendation, it is that you "shall" make a recommendation to the Board.  This was a committee recommendation.

Dr. Murray said that she feels it is very clear and she thanked Mr. Theodore and the committee. She said she thinks it is a sound document and she thinks they should move on.


Authorize the Superintendent to advertise for a Public Hearing to approve the recommended revisions to Policy 7110 - Student Accommodation, the Administrative Procedure for School Closure Analysis with (weighted) Criteria and Guidelines for School Closure Analysis and the Administrative Procedure for School Closure.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

H. Information
H. Elementary Programs

42. Sixth Grade Mathematics Instructional Materials Adoption
H. Title I/Early Childhood Education/Head Start

43. Head Start Policies and Procedures
H. Middle School Programs/K-12

44. Secondary Mathematics Instructional Materials Adoption
Attachment: 2014 Secondary Math Instructional Materials Recommendation Rationale.pdf
45. Secondary Language Arts Instructional Materials Adoption
Attachment: 2014 Eng.Language Arts Instructional Materials Adoption Recommendation Rationale.pdf
H. Secondary Programs

46. Secondary Intensive Reading Instructional Materials Adoption
Attachment: Executive Summary - Intensive Reading Adoption Committe Recommendations .pdf
47. High School and Middle School Instructional Program Course Lists for 2014-2015
Attachment: High School Course List 2014-2015.pdf
Attachment: Middle School Course List 2014-2015.pdf
H. South Area Superintendent

48. Bayside High School Navy Junior ROTC Trip to Savannah, Georgia
Attachment: Bayside Navy Jr. ROTC Trip - April 2014.pdf

I. Staff Reports
49. Staff Report(s)

Minutes: There were no staff reports.

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


The Board allowed one additional speaker who was unable to sign up before the meeting.

Ms. Haberman, retired teacher - have sales tax go to public schools.

Chairman Henderson concluded that everyone has to be aware of what is going on in the legislature.  She said that what they do affects us all and not always in a positive way. She said that the Board is going up to Tallahassee, but the legislation doesn't always listen to them.  They will listen to community members and parents. Everyone needs to pay attention and let the legislation know what they want.

Dr. Murray wanted to add one additional piece.  She said that a report from the Florida's teachers' association said that far fewer than 50 percent of educators from Florida voted in the last election. She said that educator numbers are enough to influence any election. However, in order to do that, teachers have to get out there and vote. She encouraged educational associations to get the word out to our educators to vote in the next election so they can make a difference.

Dr. Krupp said to "beware of the wolf in sheep's clothing."  He said that the legislature will rename a voucher and call it a scholarship. Those scholarships go to big businesses and allows them a tax break.  That money then goes to private schools.

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


Dr. Krupp wanted to thank the Brevard Schools Foundation for the mini-grant checks that he was able to  distribute to teachers at six schools in the North Area.  Dr. Krupp expressed that it is always a wonderful time sharing money. 

Chairman Henderson interjected that this last round was $87,000 that the Brevard Schools Foundation collected for the mini-grants.

Dr. Murray said that she wanted to congratulate Gary Shiffrin,for being inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Association's Hall of Fame for all of the years he served as commissioner of the Cape Coast Conference. 

Ms. Kneessy said that she had two short things.  Both teachers at elementary and secondary schools have said they would like an anonymous short survey that could be taken to provide feedback on trust and the direction things are taking.  Ms. Kneessy would like to see if she could get Board support on developing something like this.   She said that she feels the more feedback on the trust issue, the better.  Ms. Henderson said she wasn't sure what a form like that would look like.  Ms. Kneessy said she would forward some examples and perhaps they could talk about it at the next meeting.

Dr. Krupp asked if we had language for the referendum. Dr. Binggeli said that no, that would be discussed in August. Dr. Krupp further stated that 82% of districts in Florida have a surtax.  There are only 10 districts that do not have a surtax.  Of those other districts, Brevard is the only one who has so much land that cannot be taxed making us strapped every way you look.  He said that it has always been on the backs of property owners and that the surtax would be money from everyone, not just property owners.  He said he is sure that teachers just want to know where the money is going.  He knows that Dr. Binggeli will be developing a list and will get that out.  Then things will start to settle down and  we will have a direction. He said that we need to get a grip on the language of the referendum and where the money will go.

Dr. Murray wanted to remind folks that when they go to Orange County and purchase things, they are giving money to Orange County Public Schools. That can be the same in Brevard if the sales tax is passed.

Ms. Kneessy said that getting back to her original comments, she will forward the surveys to the Board which is much more encompassing than just the sales tax. She said that her second area of concern is what companies are giving us for textbook review. She said that online formats are very different than looking at box sets. She said it doesn't show all of the perks. On a positive note, she invited everyone to stop by Satellite High School this weekend for "Decades Day." 

Krupp mentioned that the 5th and 6th grade strings and chorus would be performing on Saturday at the King Center.

L. Superintendent's Report
52. Superintendent's Report


Dr. Binggeli congratulated the boys' soccer teams from Melbourne High School and Merritt Island High School for winning in the state championship.

He also said that science and engineering science fairs wrapped up over the weekend and they were phenomenal. He said that Brevard will be sending a big bunch of student to state and we will do well again. He congratulated not only the students but the teachers as well.

M. Adjournment
53. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Henderson adjourned the meeting at 7:25 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).