02-26-2008 Special School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, February 26, 2008, 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 21, 2008 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 Janice Kershaw called the meeting of February 26, 2008 to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: 

Members Present: Janice Kershaw, Larry Hughes, Amy Kneessy, Barbara Murray, and Robert Jordan

Chairman Kershaw asked for a moment of silence for Helene Kansas, a long time BPS employee and life-time education advocate, who recently passed away.


A-3. Invocation (Lacey Goodwin, 6th Grade, Challenger 7 Elementary)
3. Invocation

Minutes: Lacey Goodwin, 6th grade student from Challenger 7 Elementary School presented the Board with the Invocation.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Joseph Krause, 6th Grade, Challenger 7 Elementary)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Joseph Krause, 6th grade student from Challenger 7 Elementary School led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A-5. Entertainment (Challenger 7 Chorus)
5. Entertainment

Minutes: 

Challenger 7 Chorus, under the direction of Music Director, Brian Foote, who entertained the Board Members prior to the start of the board meeting, played one additional number.

Ms. Kershaw took this opportunity to thank Mr. Foote and his students for entertaining the Board.


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

Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri read the following changes into the agenda.

Consent Revisions
C-3.    Resolution for Harry T. and Harriette Moore Week
F-1.    Student Expulsions

Information Revisons
H-1.   Update on Budget Outlook for 2007-08 and 2008-09
H-2.   SOAR 2008



Motions:
Approve the adoption of the February 26, 2008 agenda.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Larry Hughes
Larry Hughes- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye


B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests
B. Curriculum & Instruction

7. B-1. Music Demonstration Schools Recognition
Attachment: Music Demonstration Schools 2.26.08.pdf
Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri announced that Brevard now has 23 of the 31 music demonstration schools statewide and introduced Da-Laine Chapman, Music K-12 Resource Teacher.  Ms. Chapman announced the 10 new Music Demonstration Schools in Brevard County and Superintendent DiPatri and Chairman Kershaw presented them with a plaque and banner to display at their school site.  The ten schools, principals and teachers are:  Quest Elementary - Principal, Elia Lea, Teacher, Lori Foote; Ocean Breeze Elementary - Principal Collen Skinner, Teacher Deborah Parks; Holland Elementary - Principal Larry Kuhns, Teacher Laura Harris; Mila Elementary - Principal Betsy Butler, Teacher Christine Givens; Dr. W.J. Creel Elementary - Principal Kathy Eward, Teachers Kim Dickman, Jensee Lee and Jill Law; Andersen Elementary - Principal Denise Johnson, Teacher June Hartley; Titusville High School - Principal Lori Spinner, Teachers Ian Schwindt, Jennifer Zahn and Minnie Orr; Eau Gallie High School - Principal Tom Sawyer, Teacher Thomas Singletary, David Thornton, Tim Ashe and Jason Armstrong; Satellite High School - Principal Mark Elliott, Teacher Mark Nelson, Mark Sunderland and Tim Liscum; Johnson Middle School - Principal Rob Fish, Teachers Laura Singletary, Tim Ashe and Patti Peltz.

B. District Security

8. B-2. Recognition of Kim Stockton

Minutes: Dr. DiPatri and the School Board of Brevard County recognized Kim Stockton, Assistant Principal, Cocoa High School, for her quick thinking and lifesaving techniques that she used to save the life of an infant that was chocking on a piece of candy.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. Board Office/ Superintendent

9. C-1. Proclamation - Florida Summer Industrial Fellowships for Teachers (SIFT)
Attachment: SIFT Proclamation(2) 2008.pdf

Motions:
Approve the proclamation for the Florida Summer Industrial Fellowships for Teachers (SIFT) program.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Larry Hughes
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri recognized Ed Ellegood and Robert Vanelli, Board of Directors for SIFT, and Don Beck, Executive Director of Florida SIFT.  He noted that the SIFT Program has filled more than 800 teacher positions with industry since the program started with 27 Brevard teachers in the summer of 1991.  Wes Sumner, Director of District Communications, read the proclamation for the Florida Summer Industrial Fellowships for Teachers (SIFT) program.

C. Curriculum & Instruction

10. C-2. Resolution for Youth Arts Month, Music In Our Schools Month, Theatre for Life Month
Attachment: Arts and Music Resolution.pdf

Motions:
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: Robert Jordan
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Wes Sumner, Director of District Communications, read the resolution to approve adopting 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.

C. Area IV Superintendent

11. C-3. Resolution for Harry T. and Harriette Moore Week
Attachment: Harry and Harriette Moore 2.26.2008.pdf

Motions:
Approve the resolution of Harry T. and Harriette Moore Week, March 3 - 9, 2008. - PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Larry Hughes
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

Motion Minutes: Wes Sumner, Director of District Communications, read the resolution to proclaim the week of March 3-9, 2008 as Harry T. and Harriette Moore Week.

D. Presentations
D. Curriculum and Instruction

12. D-1. Secondary Schools of National Prominence - Part II
Attachment: SSNP Part II 2.26.08.pdf
Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri stated to the Board that this is Part Two of a two part presentation on Secondary Schools of National Prominence (SSNP). Dr. DiPatri then introduced Margaret Lewis, Director of Career and Technical Education, and Resource Teachers, Paula Bewerse, Janice Scholz and Holly McNight.

Dr. Murray questioned Ms. Lewis in regards to internships and the types of experiences that are anticipated.

Ms. Kneessy requested an update from Dr. DiPatri on the guidance counselors to student ratio in the middle school and high schools.

Ms. Kershaw commended Career and Technical Education for developing all the programs of study.

 


E. Public Discussion
13. Public Discussion

Minutes: 

The Chair 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 issues this evening but the Superintendent of Schools will investigate your concerns and respond in a timely manner. The following persons addressed the Board:

  1. Anne Spencer, BFT, Rockledge - Teacher Threats
  2. John Russo, BFT, Rockledge - Volunteer Hours and Teachers
  3. Anthony J. Guzzo, Rockledge - School Taxes
  4. Evelyn Morrison, Melbourne - NAACP Civil Rights


 


F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

14. F-1. Student Expulsions
F. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

15. F-2. Budget Amendment #4 for the Operating Fund, 2007-08
Attachment: Budget Amendment 4.pdf
F. Accounting Services

16. F-3. Approve the Investment Performance Reports for Quarters Ending September 30, 2007 and December 31, 2007.
Attachment: BREVARD (SD)_Sep 07_COMPLETE.pdf
Attachment: BREVARD (SD)_Dec_07_COMPLETE.pdf
17. F-4. Warrants Written for the Month of January 2008
Attachment: Jan 08 warrants.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

18. F-6. Surplus Property
Attachment: FEB_26_08.pdf
19. F-7. Purchasing Bids, RFPs.RFQs, Sales and Services Agreements
Attachment: 07002LH Building and Fire Inspection and Plan Review Services.pdf
Attachment: SSA 0809 Merchant Processing Agreement - Food Services - 2.26.08.pdf
Attachment: 08-030BM Melbourne High School Synthetic Surface Covering of Football Field.pdf
F. Transportation

20. F-8. Isolated Transportation 2008 for Student J.M.
F. Human Resources

21. F-9. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 02-26-08.pdf
22. F-10. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 02-26-08.pdf
F. Accountability Testing & Evaluation

23. F-11. School Advisory Council Membership Report
Attachment: Attachment item.Feb.2008.Sylvia.SAC.pdf
F. Elementary Programs

24. F-12. Elementary K-6 Core Reading/Language Arts Program Adoption
Attachment: Executive Summary - Elementary ReadingLanguage Arts Recommendation.pdf
Attachment: Adoption Timeline-3.pdf
F. Title I/Early Childhood Education

25. F-13. Summer Voluntary Prekindergarten
F. Secondary Programs

26. F-14. Teaching American History Grant Professional Development Programs - Creating Modern America
27. F-15. Evaluation Consulting Services for Teaching American History Grant Professional Development Programs
28. F-16. Secondary Comprehensive Reading Intervention Program Adoption
Attachment: Board Agenda Item ~ CIRP Text adoption Executive Summary.pdf
29. F-17. 2007 Smaller Learning Communities Grant
F. Area I Superintendent

30. F-18. Loan for Melbourne High School Multi-Purpose Field
Attachment: Melbourne High Multi-Purpose Field.pdf
F. Area III Superintendent

31. F-19. Consultant Agreement: Gardendale Elementary - Forney Educational, Inc.
Attachment: GEMS Forney 2_08.pdf
32. F-20. Consultant Agreements: Clearlake Middle School, Sherwood Elementary School and Surfside Elementary School
Attachment: RSmith.pdf
Attachment: 3 Contracts.pdf
F. Facilities Services

33. F-21. Central Area Adult/Alternative Education Center Lease
F. Approval of Consent

34. Approval of Consent Agenda


Motions:
A motion to accept items Items F-1 through F-4 and Item F-6 through F-21.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Robert Jordan
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Accounting Services

35. F-5. Comprehensive Annual Financial Report - June, 2007

Minutes: 

Dr. Murray requested that Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services, address Finding No. 1 - Financial Reporting, Finding No. 3 - Bank Reconciliations and Finding No. 8 - Cash Management in the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) in terms of progress and strategies.

Jo Ann Clark, Director of Accounting Services addressed the concerns of Dr. Murray. Ms. Preston stated that the Auditor General is only here every three years and on the off years we have an external audit firm that we contract with.

Ms. Kershaw stated that she has concerns with Finding No. 7 - Health Self-Insurance -Net Assets and requested the district should be developing a plan or a policy for the distribution of excess funds or how we are going to change collections.

Dr. Murray stated that she would like to have a report back on Finding No. 3: Bank Reconciliations, within three months as to the progress.

Ms. Kneessy mentioned that she continually sees repeat finding on the audit reports and is especially concerned with the security on technology.



Motions:
Accept the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2007.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Robert Jordan
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri took this oppurtunity to congratulate Brenda Blackburn to the position of Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, on annual contract, effective March 3, 2008.

The Chair called for a BPS News video break at 6:58 p.m.

The meeting reconvened at 7:12 p.m.


G. Action
G. Human Resources

36. G-1. School Board Policy Revisions - NEOLA Recommendations
Attachment: NEOLA Policies Revisions - Action - 02-26-08.pdf

Motions:
Adopt/approve the new/revised School Board Policies 1030, 1126, 1430.02, 2260, 2260.01, 2421, 3126, 3430.02, 4126, 4430.02, 5326, 5361.01, 7540.10, 8310, 8475 and authorize the Superintendent to advertise for public hearing. -
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Larry Hughes
Larry Hughes-
Robert Jordan-
Janice Kershaw-
Amy Kneessy-
Barbara Murray-

G. Area II Superintendent

37. G-2. Naming of West Shore's Auditorium - Dr. Rita Galbraith Building for Arts and Sciences

Minutes: Chairman Kershaw declared the public hearing open. No speakers chose to address the Board and the public hearing was closed.

Motions:
To hold a Public Hearing regarding naming the West Shore Junior/Senior High School Auditorium the "Dr. Rita Galbraith Building for Arts and Sciences".- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Robert Jordan
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye

Motion Minutes: 
G. Project Management

38. G-3. Policy 7120 - Criteria for Balancing School Membership to Capacity
Attachment: Policy 7120-Criteria for Balancing School Membership to Capacity 2-18-08.pdf
Attachment: Policy Change Sheet - 7120 1-9-08.pdf

Motions:
Approve/adopt new School Board Policy 7120 (attached) and authorize the Superintendent to advertise for a public hearing.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Barbara Murray
Larry Hughes- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Janice Kershaw- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye


H. Information
H. Financial Services

39. H-1. Update on Budget Outlook for Fiscal Years 2007-08 and 2008-09
Attachment: Budget Outlook and SOAR Program 02.26.2008.pdf
Minutes: Dr. DiPatri took this oppurtunity to address the Board on agenda Items H-1 Budget Outlook for 2007-08 and H-2. SOAR 2008 and its attachments as it relates to the recent and upcoming budget cuts. 
H. Curriculum & Instruction

40. H-2. SOAR 2008
Attachment: Budget Outlook and SOAR Program 02.26.2008.pdf
Attachment: SOAR Bd agenda item-attachment.pdf
Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri covered the budget of the SOAR 2008 program.

Ms. Kneessy requested the district to develop criteria which explains to the staff and community on how the district came up with which programs stay and which ones get cut.

Ms. Kneessy requested data on SOAR and the students that attend. Do we have the data that backs up keeping SOAR over some other program? (enrollment and attendance throughout the summer)

Mr. Jordan wanted to make very clear that one of the last things is cutting positions in the district.

H. Secondary Programs

41. H-3. Summer Fine Arts Theatre Licensing Agreements
Attachment: Tams-Witmark.pdf
Attachment: Contract Confirmination.pdf
H. Student Services

42. H-4. Safe Schools/Healthy Students - PROJECT WOR2K! Working On Raising Resilient Kids!
H. Area I Superintendent

43. H-5. Field Trip for Melbourne High School - FIRST Robotics Team to Palmetto Regional Competition at Clemson University
Attachment: MHS FIRST Robotics Team.pdf
H. Area II Superintendent

44. H-6. Field Trip for FIRST Robotics Team #233 (Rockledge High, Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High, and Viera High School) and FIRST Robotics Team #425 (Eau Gallie High School) to participate in World Championship Event in Atlanta, GA, April 16-20, 2008
Attachment: Robotics_USFIRST.pdf

I. Staff Reports
J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
K. Board Member Reports
45. Board Member Reports

Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy stated that she will be unable to attend the Legislative Delegation meeting tomorrow (3/27/08)due to a conflict with her teaching schedule at Brevard Community College.  Ms. Kneessy took this opportunity to thank Lee Berry, Deputy Superintendent and Joy Salamone, Director of Labor Relations for covering her talking points at the Legislative Delegation meeting.

Ms. Kneessy stated that she attended the Odyssey of the Mind (OM) County Competition at BCC it was an outstanding competition.

Ms. Kneessy requested further information on field trips (ie: New York City) what the actual cost students has to pay after they completed fund raising.

Ms. Kneessy gave a special thank you to the members of our crisis team for their commitment to the school system, parents and our community.

Dr. DiPatri added to Ms. Kneessy statement by including the Health Department for the great job they do.

Ms. Kershaw reminded the Board of the Legislative Deligation meeting tomorrow.

 


L. Superintendent's Report
46. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: 

There is no Superintendent's report.

Dr. DiPatri reminded the Board of the Legislative Delegation Meeting is from 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and will be televised live on Bright House TV. Lunch will follow the meeting featuring our Culinary Arts from Bayside and Palm Bay High School.


M. Adjournment
47. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board Meeting of February 26, 2008 was adjourned at 7:52 p.m.






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