03-13-2018 School Board Meeting

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in special session on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 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 1, 2018. 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 Craig called the meeting to order at: 5:34 p.m.

A. Roll Call
2. Roll Call


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

A. Moment of Silence
3. Moment of Silence

Minutes: A moment of silence was held to mourn the loss of one of our BPS family members:  Derek Fortmayer, a tenth grade student from Satellite High School.

A. Invocation
A. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Matt Reed, assistant superintendent of Government and Community Relations, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A. Entertainment
A. Board Member/Superintendent Recognitions
5. Board Member/Superintendent Recognitions


Matt Susin

  • Mr. Susin was happy to report that Brevard has four construction and trades programs that are part of the Future Builders of America
    • There are four subchapters at Astronaut, Space Coast, Palm Bay and Melbourne High Schools.
      • They have sent nine students to participate in the statewide Future Builders of America competition.
      • Brevard has more chapters and students involved than any other county
  • He had the pleasure to speak with Mr. Jeff Arnott, Director of Adult Education, on how he is going to formulate a plan for the advanced manufacturing lab coming into Cocoa. There are over 150 students a night working toward a trade.
  • He thanked Ms. Middleton at Johnson Middle School  for a community event in which she invited leaders from around the community to discuss ways they could improve the school culture and help the students.  
  • He explained that the following week they would have the Florida Department of Education's STAR program for students with exceptionalities.  If qualified the program allows students to have full employment until they are 22 years old. Last year 120 kids were put in  the pilot program. This year, hopefully,  there will be 1,000.  
  • He was happy to report that the Innovation Games will take place on March 23.

Tina Descovich

  • She reported the time for the open house for the south area science and art fair and extended an invitation to all board members.
  • She thanked Satellite Beach Police Chief Pearson and Commander Hodge. They put on a school security night and talked about their training and their response.
  • She attended the Satellite High School track ribbon cutting and remarked that it was an amazing collaboration.
  • She attended a Mindfulness Luncheon by a group called Support Mindful Schools. Two awards were given out during the luncheon; one to the Suntree principal  as they have embraced this program and are seeing a positive impact on students and the second award went to Janice Kershaw, executive director of Brevard Schools Foundation, for helping them manage some of their funds. 
  • She gave a huge shout out to Love Inc. which is an organization made up of 40 churches that do service projects within the community.  She said they have adopted University Park Elementary and have taken on 40 projects needed in the school. Principal Ana Diaz said the greatest thing that has come out of their efforts is that the kids there feel like they matter.
  • She attended Junior Achievement's Black Tie Affair.  The most amazing thing about the event is that they had five students from Palm Bay Elementary School helping to greet and direct the adults as well as read the invocation and led the Pledge. She was impressed with their grace and maturity.

Misty Belford

  • She attended the City of Titusville's Youth Leadership Summit which is comprised of students from high schools around the county.  She thanked Parish for providing the space. Ms. Belford further commented that they did such an amazing project which was two-fold; they are tasked with something they have to achieve as a group and learn how to work together as a group. The project this year was developed by one of the city staff members to design a convention center for the community.
  • She and Mr. Susin attended the Odyssey of the Mind Competition and she gave a shout out to those schools who will be going on to State.  She remarked when she got to the awards that persons told her that they had never had Board members attend before and were so appreciative.  She then said that if there is a community event, please invite board members.  While they cannot attend everything, board members want to make sure student groups know they are supported and will be a part if possible.
  • On Saturday, March 17th, she will be participating in the Out of the Darkness Walk in Titusville and invited any other board members to participate.

Andy Ziegler

  • Mr. Ziegler gave a shout-out to Brevard's Robotics teams. They won first place in eight of sixteen awards. He commented on a speaker at the event from a company called Limbletness which makes robotic prosthetics for kids out of 3D printers.  He then showed a video called "Not a Robot."

John Craig

  • Mr. Craig had attended the Joint Audit Committee meeting and expressed appreciation for the volunteers that comprise the audit committee. 
  • He congratulated kindergarten teacher Jane Araquez for receiving the Govenor's Shine Award on March 7.
  • He thanked Dane Theodore and the Facilities department for the work done on rebuilding the playground at Roosevelt. He said they also had a whole team of volunteers.
  • He recognized the Merritt Island's girl's soccer team for being named 3A soccer champions. 

Desmond Blackburn

  • He let everyone know that the next day would be a major holiday:  Phi Day.
  • He provided a legislative update.
    • A bill for $1.5 million for an advanced manufacturing and welding training center at the Adult Education's Clearlake campus is waiting for the Governor to sign. He thanked Brevard's Legislative Delegation for sponsoring and are grateful to Senate President Joe Negron and House Speaker Richard Corcoran for their personal support.
    • He discussed facets of the Marjory Douglas High School Public Safety Act.
    • He also mentioned HB 7055
  • He gave a shout-out to the Human Resources Department for the first LEAD! Conference.

A. Emergency Item
A. Adoption of Agenda
6. Adoption of Agenda
Attachment: 2018-0313 Supplemental.pdf

Dr. Blackburn read into record the changes on the supplemental agenda which are changes to the agenda since first published to the public on March 6, 2018. 


  • A-7.  Administrative Staff Recommendation


  • F-19. Student Expulsions
  • F-17. Suspension of Instructional Employee




Adopt the March 13, 2018 School Board Meeting agenda and its revisions.

Vote Results
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Misty Belford
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

A. Administrative Staff Recommendations
7. Administrative Staff Recommendations


Approve the applicable listed administrative staff recommendations:

Accept the resignation of Edward Parker from the position of Director of Purchasing & Warehouse, effective March 9, 2018.


Vote Results
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Tina Descovich
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
C. Resolutions/Proclamations
D. Presentations
E. Public Comment
8. Public Comment


Chairman Craig reminded persons they would have three minutes for comments and the decorum which must be observed while speaking. Also, there were 48 speakers signed up for public comment.  Chairman Craig explained most of the comments were in regards to  one certain topic.  Therefore they would hear the first 10 speakers taking those who were present to speak about items on the agenda first.  Speakers 11-48 spoke after the business portion of the meeting.

Speakers in order of Appearance:

  1. Vanessa Skipper -  Teacher Compensation
  2. Vida Penikas - Mental Health Support
  3. Anthony Colucci - Arming Teachers
  4. Betsy Bray - Proposal to Arm School Personnel
  5. Caroline Perrine - Guns and Food Allergies
  6. J. Oscar Rivera - Arming School Personnel
  7. Arlene Gorgone - Opt Out of State Decision to allow School Personnel to be Armed
  8. Megan Stolen-Arming Teachers
  9. Kabriana Williams - Arming Teachers
  10. Sheilah Logan -Arming Employees and Volunteers
  11. Daniel Batchmeldor - Arming School Personnel
  12. Dina Dearmin - School Personnel with Guns
  13. Elizabeth Logan - Arming Teachers
  14. Peter Colombo - Arming School Personnel - Not Good
  15. Trudi  Orek - Arming School Personnel
  16. John Derrick - Against Guns on Teachers in School
  17. Adam Truitt - Project STOMP
  18. Faye Eichholzer - Public Safety Act to Arm School Personnel
  19. Ashely Kellem - Arming School Personnel
  20. Caitlin Thompson - Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS Public Safety Act
  21. Faye Fernandez - The Guardian Program
  22. Christina Keshishian - Mom of Student in BPS
  23. Juliet Underill - Guns in Schools
  24. Paul DeLorey - School Safety
  25. Tricia Ochipa - Arming School Personnel
  26. Summer Adams - School Marshall Program
  27. Sara Conklins - Active Shooter Risk Management
  28. Tracy Thompson - Arming Teachers
  29. Sarah Evans - Arming School Staff
  30. Lori L'Heureux - Firearms in Schools
  31. Pam Dirschka - Arming School Personnel
  32. Rebecca Reese - Keeping Guns out of BPS
  33. Karen Gonzalez - Saftey in Schools
  34. Katherine Warrick - Against STOMP to Arm Teachers
  35. Kara Mathews - Arming Teachers
  36. Catherine Martinez - Opposing Guns in Schools
  37. Kelly Damerow - Alternatives to Arming School Personnel
  38. Coles Mannes - Arming Teachers - Items for Consideration
  39. Eric Lehmann - Against Arming Teachers
  40. Shelly Mertins - Safety
  41. Victoria Reyes - Guns in Schools - opposition
  42. Kristen Cornejo - Arming School Staff
  43. Jennifer Carroll - Arming Teachers
  44. Jia Carroll - Arming Teachers
  45. Kailas Narendeon - Against Guns in Schools
  46. Karly Hudson - Gun Control
  47. Christopher Slauson - School Marshall Program
  48. Devon Vann - Arming School Personnel




F. Consent
F. Board Office

9. Meeting Minutes
Attachment: 2018-0213 Board Workshop Draft Minutes.pdf
Attachment: 2019-0213 School Board Meeting Draft Minutes.pdf
10. Student Expulsions
Attachment: 2018-09.pdf (Confidential Item)
F. Brevard Schools Foundation

11. Approval of New Brevard Schools Foundation Board Member Laurie Cappelli
Attachment: Laurie Cappelli Short Biography_2018 - Copy.pdf
F. Financial Services

12. Property Disposal
Attachment: Board Report - 03-13-2018.pdf
Attachment: Board Report Letters - 03-13-2018.pdf
13. Investment Performance Report for Quarter Ending December 31, 2017
Attachment: BREVARD 4Q17 Final.pdf
14. Financial Statements for the Period Ending January 31, 2018
Attachment: Financial Statements for January 31, 2018.pdf
F. Human Resources

15. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 03-13-18.pdf
16. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 03-13-18.pdf
F. Labor Relations

17. Suspension of Instructional Employee
Attachment: Hosmer.pdf
F. Office of Professional Learning and Development

18. 2017-2018 Instructional, School Administrator and District Instructional Leadership Evaluation System Revisions
Attachment: BREVARD 2017-18 ILPAS Handbook V5 FINAL.pdf
Attachment: Brevard Public Schools' 2017-2018 School Administrator Evaluation System....pdf
19. Level II School Principal Preparation Program (PNPP)
Attachment: Level II Principal Preparation Program Required by statuteIii.pdf
Attachment: Brevard County Schools' 2017-2018 School Principal Preparation Program A...ii.pdf
F. Educational Technology

20. 2018-2019 E-Rate Category 1 Expenditure Authorization
F. Project Management

21. Certification of Florida Inventory of School Houses (FISH) Data
Attachment: Brevard OEF FISH CERT Form.pdf
22. Discovery Elementary School Wastewater Treatment Plant - Close-Out
Attachment: Discovery WWTP OEF 209.pdf
23. Rockledge High School - Design Build Services - RFP #17-P-082-DR - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Rockledge Cost Benefit Form.pdf
Attachment: Rockledge GMP Attachments.pdf
24. Cocoa High School - Design Build Services - RFP #18-P-020-DR - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Cocoa Cost Benefit Form.pdf
Attachment: Cocoa chiller GMP Attachments.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

25. Approval of Consent

Approve the March 13, 2018 School Board Meeting Consent Agenda with the exception of those items pulled for discussion.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Tina Descovich
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Items Pulled for Discussion
G. Action
G. Purchasing & Warehouse

26. Purchasing Solicitations
Attachment: a - ITB 18-B-032-NC - Motor Oils, Fluids, Lubricants and Additives.pdf
Attachment: b - RFQ 14-Q-007-KR - Engineering Services - Name Change.pdf
Attachment: c - SS 18-SS-047-SH - ABB Drives for HVAC.pdf


Approve the Invitation To Bid (ITB) below:

a - ITB #18-B-032-NC - Motor Oils, Fluids, Lubricants and Additives - $99,000.00 - Transportation Services - Operating Other

Approve the Request For Qualification (RFQ) Name Change below:

b - RFQ #14-Q-007-KR - Continuing Contract for Environmental Engineering Services - Bid Assignment - Name Change

Approve the Sole Source (SS) below:

c - SS #18-SS-047-SH - DE HVAC ABB Variable Frequency Drives - $150,000.00 - Facilities Services - Operating Other

Vote Results
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

G. Human Resources

27. Job Description - Data Quality Specialist
Attachment: Data_Quality_Specialist_L4750.pdf

Recommend approval of the attached job description and career ladder on behalf of Educational Technology.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

28. Job Description - Administrative Technician
Attachment: Administrative_Technician_L3580.pdf

Recommend approval of career ladder set as presented- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

29. Adult Education Part-Time Teacher Salary Increases
Attachment: adult ed pay increase 2017-18-02212018111305.pdf

Recommend approval of recurring part-time Adult Education part-time teacher salaries as outlined by the Assistant Superintendent of Equity, Innovation, and Choice.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Matthew Susin
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Misty Belford- Aye
John Craig- Aye
Tina Descovich- Aye
Matthew Susin- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

H. Information
H. Elementary Office of Leading and Learning

30. Public Hearing for Instructional Materials Petitions - 3/6/18 - Cancelled


Following the information item, Chairman Craig called for a recess at: 6:44 p.m.

He reconvened the meeting at: 6:58 p.m.

I. Staff Reports
J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
31. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points


Discussion among board members began surrounding security in our schools. It was determined that they first needed all of the specifics in the Governor's plan. As everyone had questions, Chairman Craig asked his fellow board members to consolidate their notes and send them to Pam.

Chairman Craig also asked the Superintendent to reach out to Sheriff Ivey to get information on what an overreaching MOU would look like encompassing what we do now and what we do after new law takes affect. There are of course concerns about the cost of SROs for every school.

There is also the need for procedures, policy and legal review.  Chairman Craig said we need to know how the Sheriff envisions putting a plan into place and how we are going to fulfil the legislative intent.

One of the public speakers made a suggestion about having trained medics in school in the event of a tragedy.  The speaker said fewer lives may be lost if we had someone on staff who could tend to injured people. Ms. Descovich was interested in this idea and Dr. Blackburn was asked to have staff look into that type of training.

While safety is foremost, there was discussion that it is evident that all of the ideas will come with an increased cost and where the extra dollars would come from.

L. Superintendent's Report
32. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: The Superintendent had nothing further to report.

M. Adjournment
33. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Craig adjourned the meeting at: 9:12 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).