02-28-2017 School Board Workshop (Sales Surtax Program and Discipline Plan)

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met for a Board workshop regarding the Sales Surtax Program and Discipline Plan on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in Florida Today on Thursday, February 21, 2017. The affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

Opening Exercises
1. Opening Exercises

Minutes: Chairperson Belford called the meeting to order at: 2:04 p.m.

Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: Members Present:  Misty Belford, John Craig, Tina Descovich, Matt Susin and Andy Ziegler

Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Chairperson Belford led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Order of Business
4. Sales Surtax Program (2:00 to 3:00 p.m.)
Attachment: ICOC Board Workshop Presentation - Notes Handout.pdf
Attachment: Outline for School Board Workshop final 02 20 2017.pdf

Gary Shiffrin, Independent Citizens Oversight Committee (ICOC) chair, provided some introductory remarks and went over the agenda for the presentation which included:

Policy Issues

  • Like-for-Like vs. System Improvement
  • Sales Surtax Resources Insufficient to Deliver Scope of Work
  • Unplanned Failures
  • Security is Underfunded
  • Investment in Covered Walkways to Portables

Other Notes

  • Audit Frequency
  • Aging Facilities
  • Capital Revenue and Investment Planning

Board members wanted to know if there was a process in place to determine what the best course of action will be for projects.  Sue Hann, director of Planning and Project Management expressed that each project is considered on a case by case basis and how they can best invest the sales surtax monies. She said that no "one size" fits all.   

Board members encouraged looking at the value of the investment. Ms. Hann said they are constrained by budget and cannot go over unless there is a compelling reason to do so.

Dr. Blackburn said that if better investments can be made within the budgetary confines, that will be ok; however, going over would put a lot at risk and he would take great pause before going that road.

Dane Theodore, assistant superintendent of Facilities Services, verbalized that each project is brought forth and considered.  He said the problem is that capital funds are so limited.  He said that they look at new technology and supplement to the extent that they can. He reiterated that the concept of the sales surtax program was to fix what we have.   Mr. Craig mentioned he would like for them to look at the concept of  "energy savings."

Mr. Shiffrin expressed sincere appreciation of the sales surtax.  He said it is frustrating to know that we could be doing better. They did determine that they needed to move up the security projects.

There was Board discussion about what those security projects entail and ways they could be improved.  Additionally, there was conversation about the covered walkways.  Mr. Craig mentioned that he would like to get principal feedback on this issue.  Mr. Theodore's recommendation was to do all or none.




5. Discipline Plan (3:00 to 4:00 p.m.)
Attachment: FINAL 2 21 17 Discipline Plan Presentation for Board Workshop.pdf

Dr. Beth Thedy, assistant superintendent of Student Services shared the process her team followed and the components of the plan. She explained that there is a current need for a district-wide discipline plan.

Dr. Patricia Fontan, director of Student Services explained to the Board the methods used for planning  and about the committees and focus groups utilized during the process. She provided the summaries from the focus groups. She then discussed some corrective strategies aligned with social and emotional supports.

The biggest push was for consistency.  No one was for out of school suspension; however to be consistent across the district, there needed to be training.  If in-school suspensions were to be utilized, there should be a commitment to not overburden anyone. There would have to be further discussion about resources for such programs in every school.


Closing Remarks
6. Closing Remarks


Chairperson Belford thanked everyone for their efforts.

7. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairperson Belford adjourned the meeting at 4:07 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).