03-09-2010 Regular School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in regular session on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 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 4, 2010 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 Kneessy called the School Board meeting of March 9, 2010 to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call


Members Present: Dr. Barbara Murray, Amy Kneessy, Karen Henderson, Andy Ziegler
Robert Jordan is present via phone.


A-3. Invocation (Cassidy Kramer, Grade 4, Dr. W.J. Creel Elementary)
3. Invocation

Minutes: The Invocation was led by Cassidy Kay Kramer, 4th Grade, Dr. W. J. Creel Elementary School.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Ella Greenwade, Grade 1, Dr. W.J. Creel Elementary)
4. Pledge of Allegiance


The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Ella Greenwade, 1st Grade, Dr. W. J. Creel Elementary.

A-5. Entertainment
5. Entertainment


Dr. W. J. Creel Elementary, under the direction of Chorus Director, Kimberly Dickman, entertained the Board and the viewing audience prior to the start of the meeting, performed one additional number.

Chairman Kneessy called for a recess at 5:41 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 5:46 p.m.

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


Dr. Binggeli read the following changes into the agenda:

Consent Addition:
F-24.   Involuntary Termination of Instructional Employee Maria T. Crabb

Consent Revision:
F-11.   Student Expulsion(s)

Information Addition:
H-39.   Pearson Vue Authorized Center Agreement

Information Deletion:
Out of State Travel for Robert Leach to Attend the Annual TMA Conference


Adopt the agenda for the School Board meeting of March 9, 2010 and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests
B. Board Office/Superintendent

7. Recognition of Florida Power and Light Grant Recipients


Dr. Binggeli introduced the presenters for the Florida Power & Light Grant Recipients. Sandy Sanderson, Manager of external Affairs for Brevard County; Tom Kunz, Manager of Governmental Accounts and Maureen Wilt, Education Program Manager.

The recipients, their project name, school name and the grant amount awarded are listed on the agenda item in the discussion section.

B. Certification & Instructional Professional Development

8. Recognition of National Board Certified Teachers
Attachment: National Board Renewals for Pinning 2010.pdf
Attachment: New NBCTs for 121609.pdf
Attachment: State NB Data-December 2009.pdf
Attachment: National NB Data-December 2009.pdf

Dr. Binggeli noted that Brevard's National Board Certified Teacher program has produced a number of NBCTs that have ranked Brevard County among the "Top 10" nationally for the past three years. He also stated that our cumulative total of NBCTs (667) ranks tenth in the nation among the 20 districts with the largest numbers of NCBTs.

Dr. Binggeli gave a brief history on the National  Board Certification Program and mentioned that although support from the State has declined, the District's support as well as support from teachers, administrators, the Office of Certification and Professional Development, and Brevard Schools Foundation and the School Board has remained strong for the past ten years.

The teachers were congratulated by Dr. Binggeli, Chairman Amy Kneessy, Pat Shelton, Director of Certification and Professional Development, and Janet Eastman, President of Brevard Federation of Teachers.

Please see the attached lost for the names of the teachers receiving this special recognition.

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

9. Virtual Learning in Brevard - Education Beyond Boundaries
Attachment: BVIP Board Presentation 03 09 10 Beth 02 22 10.pdf

Dr. Binggeli introduced Beth Thedy, Director of Middle School Programs, and Heather Price, Resource Teacher for Secondary Programs who gave a presentation on Virtual Learning in Brevard.

Mr. Ziegler has a few questions regarding Florida Virtual Schools. Ms. Thedy stated that Brevard uses Florida Virtual School because our courses are limited by statute.

Mr. Ziegler questioned what the enrollment of all the Virtual school opportunities. Ms. Price stated that the enrollment for Florida Virtual in 2009-2010 is 2,611 0.5 credit completions, and 4,167 1/2 credit enrollments. In our current program the district is serving 43 full time students and 26 students in the drop out prevention program.

Ms. Kneessy questioned how the teachers in the virtual schools are supervised and who does the supervision. Ms. Thedy stated that the teachers are supervised by their school principal with K-12 Florida and the teachers also had to submit their curriculum and meet certain standards.

E. Public Discussion
10. Public Discussion


The Chairman 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 would investigate the concerns and respond in a timely manner. The following person(s) addressed the Board:

  1. Amy Tidd, Rockledge, Rockledge - Fund Education
  2. Janet Eastman, BFT, Rockledge - Senate Bill 6
  3. John Russo, BFT, Rockledge  - Grading Policy
  4. Dan Bennett, BFT, Rockledge - Labor Relations
  5. Laene Keith, Viera - Education Funding

F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

11. Student Expulsion(s)
Attachment: 3.9.10 Expulsions.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Accounting Services

12. Financial Statements with Operating Budget Amendment for the period ending January 31, 2010
Attachment: Budget Amendment #5 - January 31 2010.pdf
Attachment: Financial Statements-Jan 2010.pdf
Attachment: Updated Budget Amendment Explanations January 31 2010.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

13. Property Disposal
Attachment: MAR_9_10.pdf
14. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, ITNs, Sole Source Purchasing Requests and Sales and Services Agreements
Attachment: 10-017JJ Construction Materials II.pdf
F. Transportation

15. Isolated Transportation 2010, D. V-T.
F. Human Resources

16. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 03-09-10.pdf
17. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 03-09-10.pdf
F. Middle School Programs/K-12

18. 2010 Summer Fine Arts Theatre Licensing Agreements
Attachment: Westside Story Contract SFA 2010.pdf
Attachment: Wizard of Oz Contract SFA 2010.pdf
F. Exceptional Education

19. Contracted Services Agreement with Dr. Bradley Greene, Quality Schools Consultant and Trainer
Attachment: BradGreene-May2010-6-2010.pdf
F. Area I Superintendent

20. Bayside High School NJROTC Trip to Washington, D.C.
Attachment: Bayside NJROTC - Washington, D.C. April-May 2010.pdf
F. Area III Superintendent

21. Field Trip: Rockledge High, Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High, Viera High Schools Robotics Team #233 FIRST World Championship in Atlanta, GA
F. Project Management

22. Amendment #1 to Agreement for Design/Build Services at Merritt Island High School
Attachment: Amendment No 1.pdf
23. Amendment #2 (Rev. 1) to Agreement for Design/Build Services at Cocoa High School
Attachment: Amendment No 2 (Rev. 1).pdf
F. School Board Attorney

24. Involuntary Termination of Instructional Employee, Maria T. Crabb
Attachment: Pages from School Bd Crabb final order 3-9-10.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

25. Approval of Consent Agenda

Minutes: -------------------------------------
Chairman Kneessy called for a Sound Waves video break at 6:55 p.m.
The School Board meeting reconvened at 7:10 p.m.

Approval of the consent agenda items with the exceptions of the items pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Robert Jordan
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
G. Action
G. Student Services

26. Recommended Change to Board Policy 5111.01 - Homeless Students
Attachment: Brevard County 5111.01 Final.pdf
Attachment: Brevard County 5111.01.pdf
Attachment: Homeless Policy Change Sheet.pdf
Minutes: Chairman Kneessy declared the public hearing open. No one addressed the board on this policy. Chairman Kneessy declared the public hearing closed.

Approve the change to Board Policy 5111.01 - Homeless Students.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

H. Information
H. Accounting Services

27. Public Sale of Series 2010 Revenue Anticipation Notes
Attachment: R-Note-Res (2-23-10).pdf
H. Risk Management

28. Renewal of the 2010-11 Property and Boiler/Machinery Insurance Policy
H. Compensation & Benefits

29. Job Description: Food & Nutrition Systems Analyst
Attachment: Analyst-FNS Systems.pdf
H. Elementary Programs

30. Elementary Mathematics Textbook Adoption

Minutes: Ms. Kneessy stated that the Elementary Mathematics Textbooks will be available for review at the March 23, 2010 School Board meeting.
H. Secondary Programs

31. Secondary (Grades 7 through 12) Mathematics Textbook Adoption
Attachment: Board Agenda Item ~ Secondary Mathematics Textbook Adoption (Attachment).pdf
Minutes: Ms. Kneessy stated that the Secondary Mathematics Textbooks will be available for review at the March 23, 2010 School Board meeting.
H. Exceptional Education

32. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) 2009 Amendment
Attachment: CEIS 150amendment2.pdf
H. Area I Superintendent

33. Palm Bay High School Robotics Trip to Atlanta, Georgia
Attachment: PBHS Robotics - Atlanta - April 2010.pdf

Ms. Kneessy brought to the attention of the Board regarding one robotics group going on back to back field trips. Her concern is students missing up to five days of school and the field trips need to be tied into the curriculum.

Dr. Binggeli stated that these students are competing in National and World competitions and they have worked very hard to compete.

Discussion ensued between Ms. Kneessy, Mr. Ziegler, Dr. Binggeli and Betty Dunn, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services.

34. Palm Bay High School Robotics Trip to Dallas, Texas
Attachment: PBHS Robotics - Dallas - April 2010.pdf
H. Area III Superintendent

35. Field Trip - Rockledge High School JROTC Academic & Leadership Team National Championship Academic Bowl in Washington, DC
Attachment: JROTC field trip DC 6_10.pdf
H. Area IV Superintendent

36. Astronaut High School FIRST Robotics Team 21 Competition trip to North Carolina
Attachment: 20100217103032.pdf
37. Field Trip - Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School JROTC Leadership Team to Attend the National Leadership Symposium in Washington, D.C.
Attachment: CB Jr.-Sr. AJROTC Trip to Washington D.C. in June 2010.pdf
Attachment: Press Release - Cocoa Beach Jr-Sr JROTC Field Trip.pdf
H. Project Management

38. 2009-10 Energy Conservation Plan - Phase 2 Capital Projects
Attachment: Phase 2 Recommendations.pdf
Attachment: RCM Package.pdf
Attachment: Phase 2 Schedule.pdf
H. Additional Items

39. Pearson Vue Authorized Center Agreement
Attachment: Pearson Vue Test Site Agreement-Mar2010.pdf
Attachment: Pearson VUE TC Agrmnt - No A (2).pdf

I. Staff Reports
40. Staff Reports
Attachment: Judy's Presentation March 9, 2010.pdf

There was one staff presentation from Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services, who updated the Board in regard to the district budget.

Discussion ensued amongst the Board, Dr. Binggeli, and Ms. Preston in regard to Senate Bill Six, Class Size Reduction, restrictions being placed on teachers and holding education harmless.

J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
41. Additional Public Presentation(s)

Minutes: There were no additional public presentation(s).

K. Board Member Reports
42. Board Member Reports


Mr. Jordan stated that he is looking forward to his return to work on March 14, 2010.

Ms. Henderson congratulated all the Teacher of the Year candidates and winner, Christina Donahue. She also congratulated all the National Board Certified Teachers.

Ms. Henderson noted that she attended the Central Florida School Boards Coalition and  the Class Size Amendment was discussed. There was conversation on potentially changing the statutory language to use the February FTE count instead of the October FTE count.

Ms. Henderson congratulated Rockledge Police Department and Lieutenant Patrick Hartzel. They were selected as the state-wide award recipient for the crossing guard program for small cities.

Ms. Henderson implored parents and business owners to attend the Rally in Tally (March 25, 2010) to speak to our Legislators about our children's future education. 

Mr. Ziegler stated that he toured Rockledge High with State Representative Rich Workman and discussed Advance Placement and Cambridge Funding.

Mr. Ziegler thanked Calvary Chapel for donating their services for one of our students that were tragically killed.

Mr. Ziegler congratulated all the finalist at the Teacher of the Year banquet and thanked Melbourne High School Jazz Band and Astronaut High Chorus.

Mr. Ziegler attended the Odyssey of the Minds events at Bayside High School.

Dr. Murray congratulated all the Teachers of the Year and the National Board Certified Teachers.

Dr. Murray thanked Mr. Shiffrin, Principal at Merritt Island High School, for the wonderful pep rally he had for the Ladies State Soccer Championship Team.

Dr. Murray thanked Creel Elementary for the production that they put on this evening prior to the start of the School Board meeting. It was wonderful and very much appreciated.

Ms. Kneessy reminded the Board the Audit Committee meeting is Friday, March 12, 2010.

Ms. Kneessy reminded the Board that the Rockledge Sports Complex Dedication is March  15, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.

Ms. Kneessy reminded the Board regarding Master Board Training on March 16, 2010 beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Viera High School.

Ms. Kneessy reminded the public that the 2010 Census are arriving in the mail and the importance of being counted.




L. Superintendent's Report
43. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: Dr. Binggeli stated that he had no formal report but made mention of his recent visit to Creel Elementary.

M. Adjournment
44. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board Meeting of March 9, 2010 was adjourned at 8:18 p.m.