03-11-2014 Regular School Board Meeting


The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in the Florida Today newspaper on Thursday, February 27, 2014. The affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

A. Call to Order
1. Call to Order

Minutes: Chairman Henderson called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

A. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: 

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

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Chairman Henderson asked for a moment of silence for Josiah Loyd, a kindergarten student from Sabal Elementary and Ty Clements, a fourth grade student from MILA Elementary who recently passed away.
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A. Invocation (Devon Clarke, 10th Grade, Heritage High School)
3. Invocation

Minutes: Vernie Wade, 12th grade student from Heritage High School read the Invocation.

A. Pledge of Allegiance (Jeff Van Zandt, 12th Grade, Heritage High School)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Jeff Van Zandt, 12th grade student from Heritage High School led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A. Entertainment (Heritage Orchestra, Basic Harmony, & Jazz Band)
5. Entertainment

Minutes: Heritage High School Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Rebecca Simons, Basic Harmony under the direction of Jennifer Rock and Jazz Band under the direction of Brandon Jenkins entertained the Board and viewing audience prior to the start of the Board meeting and then played one additional number.

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

Minutes: Mr. Ziegler amended the motion for the adoption of the agenda to move the staff report (Legislative Update) under the presentation section of the agenda.

Motions:

Andy Ziegler requested to amend the motion to move the staff report, Legislative Update, under the presentation section of the agenda.

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



Motions:
Approve the March 11, 2014 School Board agenda and its revisions.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


A. Administrative Staff Recommendations
B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
B. Community Relations

7. Spotlight on Education

Minutes: Principal Tara Taylor from Pinewood Elementary School shared about the  school's recognition of being named by the East Coast Technical Assistance Center as a 2013 "Exceeding Expectations" school.
B. Middle School Programs/K-12

8. Governor's Recognition Scholarship Winner

Minutes: 

Justin Waters, eighth grade student from Kennedy Middle School, was recognized for being named the winner of the Governor's Recognition Scholarship Essay Contest.  For this achievement, Justin will receive a 2+2 college scholarship from the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.  Bob McLaren, resource teacher, and Christyne Hamilton, member of the Board of the Florida Prepaid College Foundation, presented the award.

B. Student Services

9. Recognition of the 2012 - 2013 Florida Positive Behavior Support Model School Awards

Minutes: 

Dr. Dawna Bobersky and Jayson Lobley recognized the winners of the 2012-2013 Florida Positive Behavior Support Model School Awards:

Atlantis Elementary, Bronze Model School; Croton Elementary, Bronze Model School; Discovery Elementary, Bronze Model School; Andrew Jackson Middle School, Silver Model School; Cambridge Elementary, Gold Model School; Cape View Elementary;  Gold Model School; and Sabal Elementary, Gold Model School 
  


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

10. Child Abuse Prevention Month
Attachment: 2014 Child Abuse Month Proclamation.pdf
Minutes: Michelle Irwin read the proclamation.

Motions:
Proclaim April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Barbara Murray
Barbara Murray- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


D. Presentations
D. Financial Services

41. Legislative Update
Attachment: Legislative Update-March 11, 2014.pdf
Minutes: 

Dr. Brian Binggeli, Superintendent, introduced Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services, who gave a presentation to the Board and viewing audience on recent legislative updates that were financially related. Dr. Binggeli presented legislative updates that were instructionally related and also provided a list of issues to watch.

Discussion ensued amongst the Board in reference to their areas of concern.

Questions that emerged were from Dr. Krupp in regards to HB 7099: Tax Credit Scholarship Programs. He asked Ms. Preston how much money is taken away from this district through tax credits. Ms. Preston said that is one the best kept secrets.  She said she will research to see if she can find a number. Dr. Krupp also asked if we knew the names of the businesses.

Ms. Kneessy asked if she could get Board support to draft something in writing to say they do not support HB 7009.

More Board discussion followed.

In reference to the instructionally related senate bills Dr. Binggeli presented, he said that  SB 7060 was a big one as it related to changes in accountability.  


E. Public Comment
11. Public Comment

Minutes: 

Chairman Henderson reminded the public that there is a maximum allotted time for each speaker of three minutes.  She also stated that clarification of information presented and answers to questions specific to district business and education matters will be posted on the district's home page.

  1. Jean Trivisani, Ex. Ed/Gen. Ed/Gifted Teacher, Our Students
  2. Susan Stark, Teacher, VAM
  3. Richard Smith, BFT President, Labor Relations
  4. Dan Bennett, BFT Vice President, HR/Labor Relations

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Chairman Henderson thanked the speakers and stated that their willingness to speak before the Board was appreciated.
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F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

12. Student Expulsions
Attachment: Expulsions.pdf (Confidential Item)
13. Approval of Minutes
F. Financial Services

14. Financial Statements with the Operating Fund Budget Amendment Resolution #5 for the period ending January 31, 2014
Attachment: FY 2013-14 Financial Statements - January 31, 2014.pdf
Attachment: Budget Amendment #5 - January 31 2014.pdf
Attachment: January 2014 Budget Amendment Explanations.pdf
F. School Food and Nutrition

16. 2014-15 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

17. Property Disposal
Attachment: March 11 Board Agenda Item.pdf
Attachment: March 11 Board Letters.pdf
18. Purchasing Bids, RFP's, RFQ's and Sales & Services Agreements
Attachment: a - ITB #14-B-028-KC - Charter Bus Service - American Motorcoashes, Inc..pdf
Attachment: b - SSA 14-389-KC - Cancellation of Services - Magnet Schools Assistance Program Grant.pdf
Attachment: c - ITB 14-B-091-WH - Internet Services.pdf
Attachment: d - ITB 14-B-092-WH Telecommunication Voice Services.pdf
Attachment: e - PB 14-PB-098-WH Wireless Services (WSCA).pdf
Attachment: f - RFP 14-P-025-CO - External Independent Auditing Services.pdf
Attachment: g - SSA 13-266-WH-A1 - Neola, Inc..pdf
F. Human Resources

19. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 03-11-14.pdf
20. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 03-11-14.pdf
F. Elementary Programs

21. Sixth Grade Mathematics Instructional Materials Adoption
F. Title I/Early Childhood Education/Head Start

22. Head Start Policies and Procedures
F. Middle School Programs/K-12

23. Secondary Language Arts Instructional Materials Adoption
Attachment: 2014 Eng.Language Arts Instructional Materials Adoption Recommendation Rationale.pdf
24. Secondary Mathematics Instructional Materials Adoption
Attachment: 2014 Secondary Math Instructional Materials Recommendation Rationale.pdf
F. Secondary Programs

25. Secondary Intensive Reading Instructional Materials Adoption
Attachment: Executive Summary - Intensive Reading Adoption Committe Recommendations .pdf
F. South Area Superintendent

26. Bayside High School Navy Junior ROTC Trip to Savannah, Georgia
Attachment: Bayside Navy Jr. ROTC Trip - April 2014.pdf
27. Palm Bay Magnet High School Robotics Trip to Anaheim, California
Attachment: PBMHS - Vex Teams to Anaheim, CA - April 2014.pdf
F. North Area Superintendent

28. Cocoa Beach Junior Senior High School band trip to Savannah, Georgia
F. Project Management

29. Johnson Middle School - Kitchen Renovation Design Fee
Attachment: Johnson MS Kitchen Design Fee Proposal.pdf
30. Jackson Middle School - Kitchen Renovation Design Fee
Attachment: Jackson MS Kitchen Design Fee Proposal.pdf
31. Satellite H.S. - GMP for Auditorium Entry Canopy Repairs
Attachment: Satellite HS Canopy Repair GMP & Budget Sheet.pdf
33. Tropical Elementary School - HVAC Renovation GMP
Attachment: Tropical ES HVAC Replacement GMP & Budget Worksheet.pdf
34. DeLaura Middle School - Guaranteed Maximum Price Phase 1 HVAC Replacement
Attachment: DeLaura MS HVAC Replacement GMP & Budget Sheet.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

35. Approval of Consent


Motions:
Approve consent agenda of March 11, 2014 with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Michael Krupp
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Michael Krupp- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Risk Management

15. Storage Tank Liability Coverage Policy Renewal
Attachment: 2014-15 UST-AST Policy.pdf
Minutes: 

Chairman Henderson asked for this item to be pulled for discussion.  She commented that this item was going to cost the district more than last year because of increases in insurance.  She asked if the district was able to track items such as this when it costs more than anticipated. She inferred that these kinds of costs add up.

Some discussion ensued amongst that Board and Mr. Langdorf, director of Risk Management, answered questions.

 



Motions:

Approve the District's storage tank liability coverage policy effective March 24, 2014 in the amount of $16,527.10.

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

F. Project Management

32. Melbourne Bus Compound - Guaranteed Maximum Price for Fuel Tank Replacement
Attachment: Melbourne Bus GMP & Budget Sheets.pdf
Minutes: It was determined that no discussion was necessary on this item.

Motions:

Approve the Melbourne Bus Compound fuel tank replacement budget for a Total Project Cost not to exceed $462,799.00

Approve  the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) submitted by Canaveral Construction Company under their Continuing Contract for Design Build Services for the Melbourne Bus Compound fuel tank replacement in the amount of $420,799.00.  

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


G. Action
G. Human Resources

36. Human Resources Policy Change Recommendations
Attachment: Policy Revision - Employment.pdf
Attachment: Policy Revision - Complaints Against Staff.pdf
Attachment: Policy Revison - Personnel File.pdf
Attachment: Policy Revision - Professional Development.pdf
Attachment: Policy Revision - Evaluation of Staff.pdf
Attachment: Policy Revision - Student Supervision and Welfare.pdf
Minutes: 

Chairman Henderson declared the Public Hearing open and asked if anyone wished to speak at 7:11 p.m.

There were no Public Speakers.

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Chairman Henderson concluded the Public Hearing at 7:11 p.m.
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Motions:

Hold Public Hearing and approve the revisions of School Board polices 1000, 3000 and 4000, attached.

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

G. Facilities Services

37. 2014-15 International Baccalaureate - Middle Years Programme Attendance Boundary
Attachment: IB-MYP Map 2014-15.pdf
Minutes: 

Chairman Henderson declared the Public Hearing open and asked if anyone wished to speak at 7:13 p.m.

There were no speakers.

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Chairman Henderson concluded the Public Hearing at 7:13 p.m.
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Motions:

Hold a Public Hearing and approve the International Baccalaureate - Middle Years Programme boundary as shown on the attached map beginning with the 2014-15 school year.

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


H. Information
H. Human Resources

38. Policy Review
Attachment: po0000.pdf
Attachment: po0100 v.2 mah.pdf
Attachment: po0110 v.2 MAH.pdf
Attachment: po0120 v.3 MAH.pdf
Attachment: po0130 v.2 MAH.pdf
Attachment: po0140 v.2 MAH.pdf
Attachment: po0150 v.2 MAH.pdf
Attachment: po0160 v.2 MAH.pdf
Attachment: po0170 v.1 SGS.pdf
Minutes: 

Chairman Henderson had a question for Mr. Bistline, School Board Attorney,  regarding information on one of the attachments: po0120,  item 0132 Executive, where it states that "The Superintendent has the authority to prepare procedures for the administration of the District which are consistent with statutes , rules of the State Board, or policies of this Board.  She wanted to know if administrators of departments have the right to make exceptions to Administrative Procedures or if everyone must follow the procedures as written. 

Mr. Bistline clarified that exceptions can be made only if the Administrative Procedures have been revised by the Superintendent. The procedures made by the Superintendent are binding by the employees and students involved.

Chairman Henderson thanked Mr. Bistline.

H. Curriculum & Instruction

39. The Florida Standards Professional Development Action Plan Summer Academy

Minutes: Ms. Kneessy requested that Dr. Binggeli make sure that any item that comes forward as information have the necessary attachment. She indicated that if it is not included, it defeats the purpose of having it as information.
H. Instructional, Behavioral and Psychological Services

40. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Entitlement Projects Roll Forward for Fiscal Year 2013

I. Staff Reports
J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
42. Additional Public Presentations

Minutes: There were no additional public speakers.

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

Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy wanted to give a "shout out" to the Brevard Schools Foundation. She and Janice Kershaw, executive director of The Foundation attended Junior League.  Ms. Kershaw talked about the Foundation and Ms. Kneessy discussed the half cent sales tax. Ms. Kneessy said that she has gotten requests from more than one group for something tangible for talking points.  Dr. Binggeli said that we can provide items for information, but not advocacy.

Michelle Irwin, director of Community Relations, said that she has something in the works that should be completed or ready to print within a week.

Ms. Kneessy discussed her concerns for  Exceptional Student Education (ESE).  She indicated that she understands why there may be more McKay Scholarships.  Parents are frustrated with all of the testing and reduction of staffing personnel.  The RTI process which was supposed to speed up the process seems to be making it longer. Ms. Kneessy is also hearing that it depends on the school and the staffing specialist. She is also hearing that once placed in a program, the staffing is not sufficient.  Another issue she is hearing about is with VE classes.  She said that if we are seeing that dramatic of an increase in McKay Scholarships, it indicates a correlation in what is perceived as a reduction in ESE services and parents going outside of public schools.  She thinks it warrants taking a closer look.

She said she is hearing teachers saying they do not have textbooks and one teacher showed her an email saying to go to textbooks that have been DCRd. She said she is being told by Viera that is not the case, but when she goes to the schools, it seems different. She is not sure where the breakdown in communication lies but she is very concerned about our ESE classes.

In regards to report cards she is hearing that when a child transfers from one teacher to another, even if it is in the same school,  the data has be re-entered and does not transfer. As timesaving measures are looked at and we look into the new report card, this should be addressed so a teacher does not have to do the same work all over again.

Ms. Kneessy asked Dr. Binggeli if an Executive Session was scheduled for any time soon. Dr. Binggeli said that we would work with everyone's calendars to get it scheduled.

Mr. Ziegler had an opportunity to speak to the Melbourne Municipal Band on Sunday who  was hosting a band from St. Paul MN.  He  let them know about the excellent music programs we have in Brevard.  He had the pleasure of attending Sunrise Elementary's multi-cultural night. He went  to the Florida School Board coalition meeting.  A speaker at the meeting spoke about the career potential in games. These include educational games which is a 20 billion dollar industry. He would like for us to look at this for a career path.  It has the potential to be a STEAM path. He feels it would be a great opportunity.

Mr. Ziegler made a request regarding a diving organization that has been using a District pool for a long time. Evidently policy regarding utilization of  said facilities requires a minimum of five hours per week.  However, it appears the policy was not being used correctly and this group has only been using one hour a week.  Five hours per week creates a financial burden for the group and they may have to dissolve.  Mr. Ziegler asked if this group could be grandfathered and allowed to continue as before this error was discovered.

Ms. Henderson said she felt that the intent of the policy for one time uses.  Mr. Ziegler says that he understands about the policy being applied correctly, but he wants to see if an exception can be made for this group.

Dr. Murray said that it would be appropriate to revisit the policy and ask staff if it could be revised and brought back to the Board. Mr. Ziegler said that if we wait, the group may have to dissolve before the policy can be revised. Mr. Bistline cautioned that policy should be followed. Mr. Bistline said that he will speak to Mark and Dr. Binggeli about it and get back with the Board.

Dr. Murray raised concerns about late agenda items and changes.

Dr. Krupp expressed that it was his pleasure to visit Atlantis Elementary for Character Counts. He also attended the county-wide fifth and sixth grade chorus and strings concert at the King Center. He commented that the elementary science and art fair hosted by Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School was amazing. Lastly he attended the League of Cities where a speaker from  Health First spoke about people taking charge of their own health. Dr. Krupp said he felt that Health First's message was that people should be proactive on individual health matters. He asked Ms. Preston to ask Tallahassee how can we get teaching categorized at a high risk profession.

Ms. Henderson finished delivering the mini-grant checks.  She mentioned that the recipients were having a difficult time purchasing iPads and wanted to see if the procedures could be worked out to make this process easier.   Ms. Henderson said she had met with several groups lately that were eager to learn more, and help with messaging regarding the half-cent sales tax.  She said that all of the groups had been seniors.

Ms. Henderson had a question on Item F23: Secondary Language Arts Instructional Materials Adoption.  She wanted to make sure the public was aware that the money spent for the textbooks is categorical money from the state that can only be spent for this purpose.  The District did not have to find money.  She also asked Ms. Van Meter to confirm that a  committee assisted in the selection.

Ms. Van Meter explained that we went through the usual committee process and that the money for the textbooks is categorical. 


L. Superintendent's Report
44. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: 

Dr. Binggeli  said that within a 36 hour timeframe he went to Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School to thank 40 to 50 volunteer judges for the elementary science fair. He also witnessed the students on the stage at the King Center. He said they were phenomenal. Dr. Binggeli further commented that there are other counties that have more assessed property value per student, additional millage, additional surtax, but he does not think that any provide the kind of experiences for elementary school students that he witnessed. He said he is very proud of what we do to provide our students the best.


M. Adjournment
45. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Henderson adjourned the School Board Meeting of March 11, 2014 at 7:43 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).








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