03-08-2011 Regular School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in The Eagle newspaper on Thursday, March 3, 2011. 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


Chairman Dr. Barbara Murray called the School Board meeting of March 8, 2011 to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call


Members Present: Dr. Michael Krupp, Dr. Barbara Murray, Amy Kneessy, Karen Henderson, Andy Ziegler

Chairman Murray asked for a moment of silence for the unexpected deaths of Shayla Reagan, 2nd grade student from Oak Park Elementary School; Max Mercer, 9th grade student at Viera High School and Carmelo Batista, Custodian at Viera High School.

A-3. Invocation (Scott Draper, 6th Grade, Palm Bay Elementary)
3. Invocation


The Invocation was led by Scott Draper, 6th grade student from Palm Bay Elementary School.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Taylor Hopson, 6th Grade, Palm Bay Elementary)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Taylor Hopson, 6th grade student from Palm Bay Elementary.

A-5. Entertainment (Palm Bay Elementary Orchestra)
5. Entertainment


Palm Bay Elementary Orchestra, under the direction of Isa Hodge, entertained the Board and the viewing audience prior to the start of the meeting, and played one additional musical number.

Chairman Murray took this opportunity to thank Ms. Hodge and her students for entertaining the Board.

Chairman Murray called for a recess at 5:39 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 5:41 p.m.

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


Dr. Binggeli read the following changes into the agenda:

Recognition Addition
B-7.    Spotlight on Education

Consent Revision
F-12.   Student Expulsions
F-17.   Support Staff Recommendations
F-18.   2011-2012 Staffing Plan Recommendations

Consent Deletion
Involuntary Termination of Instructional Employee, Sombat DeBoer

Adopt the agenda for the Regular School Board meeting of March 8, 2011 and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
B. District Communications

7. Spotlight on Education


Prior to moving into the recognition portion of the agenda, Chairman Murray introduced Laura Waszmer, Adjunct Professor at Brevard Community College along with her Introduction to Education class.

Dr. Binggeli welcomed Columbia Elementary Cranes for Cancer service project, under the direction of Jody Hall.

B. Brevard Schools Foundation

8. Recognize Balda Family Foundation for their Contribution


Marilyn Fashano,Director of Take Stock in Children, introduced Rick, Aimee, Tony, and Sarah Balda from the Balda Family Foundation who donated $26,000 to the Brevard Schools Foundation. This funding will support the Take Stock in Children Program which will allow four- eighth grade students attend college tuition free.

The Balda Family was recognized with a plaque and the sincere appreciation of Chairman Murray, on behalf of the Board, and Dr. Brian Binggeli for their generous donation and investment.

Rick Balda Jr., Founder of the Balda Family Foundation and owner of Balda Development and Construction, he stated that he was a son of an immigrant and the importance of education in their lives. He read the goal of the Balda Family and spoke of the impact that you can make when mentoring in a child's life.

Dr. Binggeli thanked the Balda Family for their generosity  and spoke about serving something greater than yourself when you give back to the community.

B. Certification & Instructional Professional Development

9. Recognition of National Board Certified Teachers
Attachment: N B Renewals for 2010.pdf
Attachment: New NBCT List Class of 2010 Certified Dec 2010.pdf
Attachment: Top 20 Districts Cul Total National 2010.pdf

Brevard Public Schools rank 11th among the top 20 districts in the nation in Cumulative total of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT's) in which there are 672 certified teachers.

Dr. Binggeli gave a brief history on the NBCT Program and its requirements. He mentioned that the National Board certification is valid for a ten year period and are eligible for a bonus from the Florida Legislature but it is now the responsibility of the teacher to pay $1100. and complete a second portfolio in order to be renewed.

The teachers were congratulated by Dr. Binggeli, Chairman Barbara Murray, Pat Shelton, Director of Certification and Professional Development.

See the attached list for the names of the teachers receiving this special recognition.

B. Educational Leadership & Professional Development

10. National Model Schools of Professional Learning Communities at Work


Dr. Binggeli introduced Bill Hall, Director of Educational Leadership and Professional Development, who gave an overview regarding the recognition of the National Model Schools of Professional Learning Communities.

Mr. Hall mentioned that Endeavour Elementary Magnet School 's Inspirational PLC Story could be found on the allthingssplc.info website. Endeavour has achieved special recognition as having shown promise in moving towards national model recognition.

Chairman Murray, Dr. Binggeli and Mr. Hall  recognized the leadership, hard work and commitment that these schools have exhibited. The schools were each presented with a framed certificate and a uniquely designed banner for the halls of their school.

Please find the list of the recognized schools on the attached agenda item.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
D. Presentations
E. Public Discussion
11. Public Discussion


Chairman Murray 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 the comments or requests this evening but the Superintendent would investigate them and respond in a timely manner. The following person(s) addressed the Board:

1.   Coleen Ward, Melbourne - Shared Services Schools
2.   Jerry Eller, Merritt Island -  2011-2012 Staffing Plan Recommendations
3.   Daryl Brown, Titusville -*yield to time*
4.   Colonel Joseph Murray, Merritt Island - James Murray & MIHS Baseball
5.   Rodney Edwards, Orlando - James Murray, Merritt Island
6.   Waymon Dixon, Cocoa - James Murray Baseball Sports
7.   Dan Bennett, BFT, Rockledge - Labor Relations
8.   Reverend. Glenn Dames, Titusville - African American Administrators
9.   Linda Vinson, Melbourne - Budget Cuts

* Mr. Brown requested if he could yield to time. Chairman Murray stated that he could not yield to time. Mr. Brown requested to have that it writing. Chairman Murray stated that Dr. Binggeli would respond to the request.

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

12. Student Expulsion(s)
Attachment: Expulsions 3.8.11.pdf (Confidential Item)
13. Approval of Minutes
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

14. Property Disposal
Attachment: MAR_8_11.pdf
15. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, Sales and Services Agreements
Attachment: 11-014BM Outdoor Aluminum Seating Installation and Repair.pdf
F. Human Resources

16. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 03-08-11.pdf
17. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 03-08-11.pdf
F. Compensation & Benefits

19. Job Description: Exceptional Education Specialist
Attachment: Spec-ExEd.pdf
F. Curriculum & Instruction

20. Teaching American History Grant
F. Central Area Superintendent

21. Consultant Agreement - Clearlake Middle School - Alane Ferguson
Attachment: CMS-Ferguson.pdf
Attachment: CMS-Ferguson Contract 2011.pdf
F. North Area Superintendent

22. Cocoa Beach Junior Senior High Wind Ensemble field trip to Atlanta, GA
Attachment: 9721X-PRINT_7200P-IR3235-Bldg9-69_1159_001.pdf
F. Project Management

23. Certification of Florida Inventory of School Houses (FISH) Data
Attachment: 2011 FISH Certification.pdf
24. Utility Easement for FPL at Satellite High School
Attachment: FPL Easement.pdf
25. Appoint / Reappoint School Board Representatives to Three Local Planning Agencies
F. Approval of Consent

26. Approval of Consent Agenda

Approve the consent agenda with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Michael Krupp
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Labor Relations

18. 2011-2012 Staffing Plan Recommendations
Attachment: 2011-2012 Staffing Plan Recommendations 2.9.11a.pdf

The five members of the Board pulled the staffing plan for further discussion. Chairman Murray requested that Lee Berry, Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources, give an overview of the process and justification of  the action that is going on in the field.

Mr. Berry stated that there is a district staffing plan committee who is chaired by Joy Salamone, Director of Labor Relations. The committee consists of school personnel from Elementary, Middle, and Jr./Sr. High, Area Superintendents, and a representative from each of the departments at ESF. There is about 35 people on the staff plan committee and they meet each October through January. They form sub committees and study issues on staffing and their schools. Since 2007 the recommendation has been the same as this evening.

Mr. Berry continued his overview to the Board and explained the timeline of the Staffing Plan.

Ms. Kneessy stated that on principal, she is opposed to this item since the Board did not first see the recommendation under the Information agenda until two weeks ago.  The Information agenda did not have the attachment of the plan nor was the item on the web up-to-date. Last week, as stated by Mr. Berry, the par was sent out to the principals. The par was not seen or approved by the Board yet it is 85% of the school districts budget and with 30% of our schools being effected by the staffing plan the Board should have and deserves more of a roll in this plan.

Ms. Kneessy stated her concerns about the current staffing plan with her fellow Board Members, staff and the viewing audience. She suggested that this item be moved back to the Information Agenda.

Dr. Krupp stated his concern in regard to the RTI model and the funding of the five RTI coaches.

Ms. Henderson requested a presentation in regard to the RTI process. She would like to see what is expected in each of the schools, how it will take per student before ESE placement is determined, how much tracking needs to be done per student.

Ms. Henderson stated her concerns on shared services.  She stated since the schools are not all the equal in student needs and population, there has to be criteria set by the district to determine the need Base allocation. Ms. Henderson suggested the district look at closing schools  as oppose of adding personnel when there is no money for these additions.

Mr. Berry stated that the next staffing plan, in a year from now, there will be information that will look at small schools,  closing schools, and combinations and your actions will be reflected then. Ms. Henderson thanked Mr. Berry for the information that he provided.

Mr. Berry stated that with Dr. Binggeli's approval, the staffing plan committee will look at the criteria for need based allocation.

Dr. Binggeli commented on recent discussion that has taken place between Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction,  and himself regarding the RTI process and how to move forward as the coaches potentially are eliminated. He also reminded the Board that Title 1 does indeed add positions, but the district will continue to look at this formulaically.

Dr. Binggeli touched upon the upcoming process regarding the comprehensive use of our facilities that will include re-zoning, and potential recommendation for closing schools.

Mr. Ziegler suggested a workshop and some open conversation on the class size amendment.

Chairman Murray stated that it is up to this Board to set the stage through philosophy and policy in that we send a message to our staff that we wish they do everything possible to protect the arts. However, it is outside the role of the Board for us to step into the day to day operation on how they will go about accomplishing the goal. She cautioned the Board about getting involved and second guessing the people we hire in their specialized positions to do the tasks at hand.

Ms. Henderson requested clarification regarding the recommendation that has been put forth regarding this agenda item. She stated that we are only voting on items six and seven but the other five items were there for information sharing. Mr. Berry confirmed.

Ms. Kneessy stated that she cannot approve the current staffing plan plus the two items (6 and 7) and explained why she feels this item needs to be moved back to information.


Postpone Item and move back to the information agenda.- FAIL
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Nay
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Nay
Barbara Murray- Nay
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


Approve the Superintendent's Staffing Plan recommendation for the addition of EBD units at no cost to the district and the Food and Nutrition Services cost savings recommendation.

No other changes to the current staffing plan will be recommended at this time.


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

G. Action
H. Information
H. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

27. Education Jobs Fund Allocation
Attachment: Education Jobs Fund Allocation.pdf
Attachment: Comments on Education Jobs Fund.pdf
H. Accounting Services

28. Public Sale of Series 2011 Revenue Anticipation Notes
Attachment: 2011 RAN Resolution Draft.pdf
H. Risk Management

29. Above Ground and Underground Fuel Storage Tank Insurance Policy
30. School Board Property Insurance Policy Renewal
H. Educational Leadership & Professional Development

31. 2011-2012 School Year Calendar
Attachment: 2011-2012 School Year Calendar.pdf
Attachment: BPS Calendar Standards.pdf

Ms. Henderson requested an explanation as to why the school calendar is coming to the Board so late for approval and any of the issues that surround the calendar.

Bill Hall, Director of Educational Leadership and Professional Development, and Ms. Van Meter, explained that the calendar is usually approved two years in advance but since the FCAT results came out late, the district had to wait to get a determination from the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) as to whether Brevard would maintain being a high performing school district. Mr. Hall explained that there are rules that can be waived as a result of being a high performing school district in which the FCAT results play a large roll in that determination. He also explained the end of course exams and the length of the winter break.

Ms. Kneessy questioned if a school can hold a mandatory practice, try-outs for various sports, or are they voluntary without any consequence for not participating.

Ms. Van Meter stated that try-outs are not mandatory that  if a school holds any functions on a student holiday it is something that has been pre-advertised that the students have agreed to with parent support. For instance,a band attending a parade.

Ms. Henderson questioned the scheduling of events/performances and that they seem to come all at the same time. Ms. Van Meter explained the process and the different events that come into play which makes the scheduling very difficult to be able to accommodate the needs of everyone.

Dr. Binggeli stated for the Board and the community the challenge the district had in connecting with the FDOE. The district cannot start the school year early without the DOE validating that Brevard remained a high performing school district.

Ms. Kneessy spoke about encouraging the parents who are concerned about the calendar and the length of time at the winter break to contact the Commissioner of Education for flexibility in the school calendar. Dr. Murray suggested original letters for it to be effective.

H. Elementary Programs

32. Elementary Science Instructional Materials Adoption
H. Secondary Programs

33. Secondary (Grades 7 through 12) Science Instructional Materials Adoption
Attachment: Middle School Science Instructional Materials Recommendations 2011 ~ 02172011.pdf
Attachment: High School Science Instructional Materials Recommendations 2011 ~ 02222011.pdf
H. North Area Superintendent

34. Field Trip for Satellite High School AF JROTC students to fly aboard USAF HC-130 (fixed-wing aircraft) at Patrick AFB, FL.
35. Space Coast Junior Senior High FIRST Robotics field trip to Palmetto Regional Tournament Competition in Charleston, South Carolina
Attachment: 9721X-PRINT_7200P-IR3235-Bldg9-69_1278_001.pdf
H. Project Management

36. 2011-12 Student Accommodation Plan
Attachment: 2011-12 Student Accommodation Plan.pdf

Ms. Kneessy pulled this item to request a hard copy of the Student Accommodation Plan and for Ed Curry,  Assistant Superintendent of  Facilities, to give a brief synopsis of the changes in the plan.

Mr. Curry gave highlights of the changes in the 2011-12 Student Accommodation Plan including the plans of moving 13 portables around at the cost of $400,000. He stated that the cost estimate is being validated at this time.

I. Staff Reports
37. Staff Reports
Attachment: Staff Presentation 3-8-11.pdf

Dr. Binggeli and Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services, gave a brief presentation on the preliminary budget. Dr. Binggeli covered the Legislative Budget Process and Ms. Preston covered the potential impacts for the upcoming budget.

Dr. Binggeli gave some closing comments. The presentation is attached to the agenda item.

Mr. Ziegler commented on the loss of compression and the Ed. Jobs Fund.

Dr. Krupp requested that Ms. Preston state for the record the response she received from the legislators when requesting the budgeting cycle be changed. The intent is for the district to know what  their budget  will  be ahead of time in order for the district to know much money it will have to work with prior to the start of school.

Ms. Preston asked, when meeting with the Deputy Commissioner, why can't there be a two year budget cycle. She stated that there is less than sixty days to get the budget together after the Legislative session comes to an end to figure out the language and the monetary stipulations.

Discussion ensued between the Board, Dr. Binggeli and Ms. Preston regarding the upcoming budget outlook.

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

Minutes: There were no additional public presentations.

K. Board Member Reports
39. Board Member Reports


Mr. Ziegler reported about Project SEARCH and the expansion of the program.

Mr. Ziegler requested research and a feasibility study to possibly implement a plan in the district to have a drug dog presence as a preventative measure on the schools campuses. Dr. Murray informed the Board of a landmark case when this has not worked but requested Ms. Andrea Alford to get some current research regarding drug dogs. Dr. Krupp stated that as late as 2004 he requested to bring drug dogs on campus after hours to pinpoint lockers and it was not allowed by policy at that time. Ms. Alford stated that there was a memorandum by Superintendent Sawyer and the request at that time was a full time drug dog with a full time SRO. Ms. Alford stated she would research and get the information to the Board.

Ms. Henderson noted that she judged the North Area Elementary Science Fair and mentioned that the students and their projects were great.

Ms. Henderson thanked Janice Kershaw from Brevard Schools Foundation for allowing the Board Members to deliver grant checks to surprise teachers for money for their classrooms.

Ms. Henderson noted that she is going to the Day in the Legislature with Ms. Preston after the next School Board meeting for the FRN conference. Ms. Kneessy will also be in attendance to meet with the Legislatures.

Dr. Krupp noted that he delivered grant checks to four schools in the North area schools and also thanked Ms. Kershaw for that opportunity.

Dr. Krupp noted that Brevard Cultural Alliance sends their thanks for providing artists in residence thru the adult community education grant money.

Dr. Krupp noted that he attended the final four pep rally at Titusville High School which was a lot of fun.

Dr. Krupp noted that he attended that Festival of Strings at the King Center and went to see the production of Fiddler on the Roof at Astronaut High School.

Dr. Krupp noted that he attended the North Area Elementary Art and Science Fair along with Dr. Binggeli.

Ms. Kneessy noted the FSBA Board of Directors meeting was at the same time the FRN Conference and will have a more comprehensive report.

Ms. Kneessy noted that she attended Star Wars the musical at Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School and encouraged the community to go as well. She mentioned all of the talent that Brevard students have and the good job they do.

Dr. Murray thanked the Brevard Schools Foundation and our business partners for preparing our teacher of the year celebration on March 10, 2011.

Dr. Murray reported back to the Board with a task they had given her in regard to aligning the Superintendent's evaluation criteria with the accreditation criteria. She mentioned that the criteria doesn't line up very well to serve the purpose of the evaluation that the Board was hoping it would accomplish. Dr. Murray noted that she was looking at  taking all of  the end results and creating a summary spreadsheet and aligning it to the accreditation process and bring that back to the Board and the Superintendent at a later date.

L. Superintendent's Report
40. Superintendent's Report


Dr. Binggeli reported to the Board on the collaborative group efforts of the new evaluation process which is part of the Race to the Top and a part of the huge dialog being conducted in our state and in our nation.

Dr. Binggeli noted that he also delivered grant checks to our teachers and extended a thank you to the Brevard Schools Foundation.

Dr. Binggeli noted that he will be attending the Teacher of the Year celebration and we will see a room full of teachers that give tenaciously to the students of Brevard County. He thanked the teachers for all the hard work that they do everyday.

M. Adjournment
41. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board meeting of March 8, 2011 adjourned at 8:36 p.m.