03-15-2016 Regular School Board Meeting

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in regular session on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 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, 2016. 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 Andy Ziegler called the meeting to order at: 5:33 p.m.

A. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: Members Present: Misty Belford, John Craig, Karen Henderson, Amy Kneessy and Andy Ziegler

A. Invocation
3. Invocation

Minutes: Xander Cobran, 10th grade student from Heritage High School, read the invocation.

A. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Allison LaPoint, 9th grade student from Heritage High, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A. Entertainment
5. Entertainment


Prior to the beginning of the meeting, the Jazz Band from Heritage High, under the direction of band director Brandon Jenkins, entertained the Board and viewing audience.  After the meeting was called to order, the band played one additional number.

Chairman Ziegler called for a recess at 5:47 p.m. to allow the students time to gather their belongings.

Chairman Ziegler reconvened the meeting at 5:55 p.m.

A. Emergency Item
A. Adoption of Agenda
6. Adoption of Agenda
Attachment: 2016-0315 Supplemental.pdf

Adopt the March 15, 2016 Regular School Board Meeting agenda and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Karen Henderson
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

A. Administrative Staff Recommendations
7. Administrative Staff Recommendations


Dr. Blackburn welcomed and introduced newly appointed administrative staff: Tara Taylor and Pennie Zuercher.

Each was given time to address the audience and introduce family, friends and colleagues who were in attendance.


Approve the applicable listed administrative staff recommendations:

Accept the retirement of Robert D. Spinner, Principal at Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School, effective August 2, 2016.

Accept the resignation of Suzanne D. Barry, Assistant Principal at Quest Elementary, effective March 4, 2016, due to other employment.

Accept the appointment of Pennie Zuercher for the position of Chief Financial Officer, on annual contract effective April 4, 2016, with an annual salary of $125,000.

Accept the appointment of Carol Kindt for the position of Deputy Superintendent/Chief Human Resources Officer, on annual contact effective April 4, 2016, with an annual salary of $130,000.

Accept the reclassification/transfer of Tara Taylor from the position of Principal at Pinewood Elementary School to the position of Director of Elementary Programs, on annual contract effective June 1, 2016.  Annual salary based on grade 29 of the Non-bargaining Salary Administration Program.

Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Misty Haggard-belford
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests/Staff
B. Brevard Schools Foundation

8. Recognition of ABC Awards Sponsors

Minutes: Dr. Blackburn introduced Janice Kershaw, executive director of Brevard Schools Foundation, who made the presentations.  Ms. Kershaw introduced representatives from Community Credit Union, Bright House Networks and Harris Corporation.  She thanked them for helping make the ABC Awards possible and gave them each a certificate.
9. Petco Foundation Check Presentation for Canine Commandos

Minutes: Dr. Blackburn introduced Karen Meader, Petco National Adoption Program manager, who presented a check for $10,000 to Brevard Schools Foundation's executive director, Janice Kershaw. The monies will go to to support the Canine Commandos program.  Ms. Kershaw was joined by Virginia Hamilton, head of Canine Commandos and gifted teacher at Indialantic Elementary as well as Lori Braga, principal.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
C. School Choice

10. Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP)
Attachment: Brevard Desegregation Plan Feb 2016 (1).pdf
Attachment: MSAP Resolution 2016.pdf
Attachment: Brevard-Voluntary Desegregation plan 2016.pdf
Minutes: Michelle Irwin, director of Community Relations, read the resolution.

To adopt the Resolution to implement the Magnet School Assistance Plan upon grant funding.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Misty Haggard-belford
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

D. Presentations
E. Public Comment
11. Public Comment


Chairman Ziegler reminded the speakers that the maximum allotted time for each speaker is three minutes. Clarification of information presented and answers to questions specific to district business and educational matters will be posted on the School Board's website under the section called "4 The Record."

He asked that comments be related to public education and the business of the Brevard County School Board.  He also asked that speakers refrain from making slanderous statements or personal attacks on others.

Speakers in order of appearance:

  1. Daniel Wall DeSousa - Non Discrimination Notice
  2. Scott Wall DeSousa - Non Discrimination Notice
  3. Denise Gore - Non Discrimination
  4. Barbara Wall - Human Equal Rights
  5. Sarah Marie Schmidt - Personal Experience
  6. Philip Stasik - Upgrade Non-Discrimination Policy
  7. Lisa Warren - Anti Discrimination Policy
  8. Tara Jones - Public Comment on the Non-Discrimination Policy
  9. Lee Newell - LGBT Inclusion in Non-Discrimination Policy
  10. Susan Martin - LGBT Policies
  11. Spence Guerin - LGBT Non-Discrimination
  12. Richard Smith - Labor Issues
  13. Jim Caple - List of Church Associational Contacts to Work Towards Solutions for Bullying and Harassment in District
  14. Dan Bennett - Labor Relations
  15. Sarah Swanson - 504 Policy for ADHD and Discrimination Policy
  16. Tony Subia - Non-Discrimination Policy
  17. Vicki - Impoco - Non-Discrimination Policy for Students and Employees
  18. Michel Paccione- Adding Sexual Orientation to Policy
  19. Angela Barden - Anti-Discrimination Policy
  20. Natalie Barden - Anti-Discrimination Policy
  21. Kristin Presley - Anti-Discrimination Policy
  22. Scott Craig - Non-Discrimination Policy
  23. Jason McCoy - Change to Non-Discrimination Notice
  24. Vida Penikas - Non-Discrimination Policy
  25. Lexi Wright - Non-Discrimination Policy
  26. Bob Llewlyn - Bullying and Anti-Harassment Policy

Chairman Ziegler called for a brief recess at 7:33 p.m.

He reconvened the meeting at 7:41 p.m.



F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

12. Agreement Between the School Board of Brevard County and Brevard Schools Foundation
Attachment: BSF - District Agreement_approved by BSF.pdf
13. Approval of Minutes
Attachment: 2016-0223 Draft Minutes.pdf
14. Student Expulsions
Attachment: 2016-0315.pdf (Confidential Item)
15. Time Changes for School Board Meetings and Workshops in June and July, 2016
F. Financial Services

16. Financial Statements for the Period Ending January 31, 2016
Attachment: FY2015-16 Financial Statements - January 31, 2016.pdf
Attachment: REVISED Budget Amendment #5 - January 31 2016.pdf
Attachment: January 2016 Operating Fund Budget Amendment Explanations.pdf
F. Accounting Services

17. Warrants for the Month of January 2016
Attachment: Warrant List - January 2016.pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

18. Property Disposal
Attachment: Board Report 03-15-16.pdf
Attachment: Board Letters 03-15-16.pdf
F. Human Resources

19. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 03-15-16.pdf
Attachment: ESOL 2016 March 15.pdf
20. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 03-15-16.pdf
F. Title I/Early Childhood Education/Head Start

21. Head Start Governing Board and Policy Council Report for the Month of January 2016
Attachment: GB and PC Monthly Report Jan 2016.pdf
22. Head Start Refunding Application
Attachment: ConApp2016 17_rev7_with Budget Narrative.pdf
Attachment: 16 17 TTA_Plan.pdf
F. Central Area Superintendent

23. Field Trip - Satellite High Auto Tech - National Automotive Technology Competition in New York, NY
Attachment: SHS National Auto Tech Competition 3-28-16.pdf
24. Field Trip - Satellite High Beta Club - National Beta Club Leadership Summit, Jekyll Island, GA
Attachment: SHS Beta Club - Georgia 2016.pdf
F. Educational Technology

25. Contract Extension - ITN #09001/JO Wide Area Network Services
Attachment: 2016 ATT Contract Extension.pdf
F. Project Management

26. Cocoa High School - Kitchen Renovations Closeout
Attachment: Attachments for Cocoa Kitchen Closeout.pdf
27. Design Build Services for Melbourne High School - RFP #16-P-059-DR - Permission to Negotiate - SALES SURTAX
28. Madison Middle School - Kitchen Renovations Closeout
Attachment: Madison Closeout Attachments.pdf
29. Hoover Middle School and Sabal Elementary School - Design Build Contract and Preconstruction Services - RFP #16-P-052-DR - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Attachments to Hoover-Sabal preconstruction Board Item.pdf
30. Audubon Elementary Mechanical, Plumbing and Electrical Renewal - Construction Management Services - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Audubon MEP attachments.pdf
31. Freedom 7 Elementary Mechanical System Renewal - Construction Management Services - SALES SURTAX CONTINGENCY
Attachment: Freedom 7 attachments.pdf
32. Palm Bay Elementary Mechanical, Fire Alarm and Plumbing - Construction Management Services - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Palm Bay Elementary HVAC attachments.pdf
33. Educational Services Facility - Construction Management Services
Attachment: ESF dome attachments.pdf
34. Lewis Carroll Elementary - Mechanical System Replace at Failure - Construction Management - SALES SURTAX
Attachment: Lewis Carroll attachments.pdf
35. Oak Park Elementary - District School Security - Change Order #1 and Project Budget Modification
Attachment: oak park school security change order attachments.pdf
F. District Security

36. Professional Service Agreement - 1/2 cent Sales Surtax Security Project Consultant
Attachment: Professional Service Agreement (Pikus).pdf
F. School Board Attorney

37. Entry of Final Order in Brevard County School Board v. Emily M. Randall: DOAH Case No. 15-0051
Attachment: Recommended Order.pdf
Attachment: Petioner's Exceptions to Respondent's Exceptions.pdf
Attachment: Petioner's Exceptions to Recommended Order.pdf
Attachment: Respondent's Response to Petitioner's Exceptions.pdf
Attachment: Respondent's Exceptions to Recommended Order.pdf
Attachment: Final Order.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

38. Approval of Consent

Approve the March 15, 2016 Regular School Board Meeting Agenda and its revisions.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: John Craig
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

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

39. Purchasing Solicitations
Attachment: a - ITB 16-B-069-LU - Fencing Contractor Service.pdf
Attachment: b - ITB 16-B-072-LU - Intercom Repair & Installation.pdf
Attachment: c - ITB 16-B-026-LU - Emergency Generator PM & Repair.pdf
Attachment: d - PB 16-PB-066-LU - Siemens Industries.pdf
Attachment: e - RFP 14-P-025-CO - External Independent Audit Services.pdf
Attachment: f - SS 16-SS-078-LU - Carrier OEM Equipment.pdf


Award the Invitations to Bid (ITBs) listed below:

a - ITB #16-B-069-LU - Fencing Contractor Services (Co-op) - Facilities Services - $300,000.00

b - ITB #16-B-072-LU - Intercom Repair & Installation - Facilities Services - $150,000.00

c - ITB #16-B-026-LU - Emergency Generator PM & Repair - Facilities Services - $135,000.00

Approve the Piggyback (PB) listed below:

d - PB #16-PB-066-LU - Siemens Industry, Inc. - Facilities Services - $90,000.00

Approve the Request for Proposal (RFP) Amendment listed below:

e - RFP #14-P-025-CO - External Independent Audit Services - School Board Audit Committee - $90,000.00

Approve the Sole Source (SS) purchase below:

f - SS #16-SS-078-LU - Carrier Corporation OEM Equipment - Facilities Services - $450,000.00

Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: John Craig
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

40. Department/School Initiated Agreements
Attachment: a- SSA 1228-CO-A4 Thomas Kelley.pdf
Attachment: b - SSA 16-561-DP - AVID.pdf


Approve the Sales and Services Agreements (SSAs) and amendment listed below:

a - SSA #14-1228-CO-A4 - Amendment - ThomasKelly Software Associates, LLC - Curriculum & Instruction - $59,600.00

b - SSA #16-561-DP - AVID - Curriculum & Instruction - $34,825.00

Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Amy Kneessy
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

G. Human Resources

41. Job Descriptions - Senior Staff Reorganization
Attachment: Asst Supt - GovtCommRel.pdf
Attachment: Asst Supt - EquityInnovationChoice.pdf
Attachment: Asst Supt - LeadingLearning.pdf
Attachment: Dept Supt - Chief Op Officer (004) (2).pdf

Recommend approval of the attached job description changes in support of the reorganization plan.- PASS
Vote Results
Motion: John Craig
Second: Amy Kneessy
John Craig- Aye
Misty Haggard-belford- Aye
Karen Henderson- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

H. Information
H. Human Resources

42. BCBA & School Psychologist Calendar Modification
Attachment: BCBA - markup.pdf
Attachment: BCBA.pdf
H. Employee Benefits and Risk Management

43. Renewal of the 2016-17 Property, Boiler/Machinery, Terrorism/Sabotage Insurance Policies
44. Contractual services for the district’s flexible spending account (FSA), COBRA billing services, and retiree health insurance billing/open enrollment provider.
Attachment: 2017 01 FSA-COBRA-RETIREE Billing MKT Brevard Marketing Analysis 2 2 16.pdf
H. School Choice

45. Change Names of Mims Elementary, Madison Middle, Titusville High and Rockledge High
Attachment: Board Agenda Item 5-12-15.pdf

Mr. Ziegler asked to discuss this item.  He explained that he had reservations about renaming the schools.  He felt that it would be harmful to have to remove the magnet designations. He said that he had received some clarification.  Even though the magnet funding may go away, as long as the program continues, the school can still be called a magnet school.

Dr. Blackburn expressed that sustainability is absolutely the goal.

Mr. Craig brought up some concerns.  He said that one of the schools that was closed a few years ago was a magnet school.  At that time, the community was told that it was no longer a magnet school because it was no longer receiving the grant funding.   He asked for clarification.

Mr. Ziegler said that as long as the school continues the same quality program, it can be called a magnet school, even after the grant funding stops. He further expressed that the Board and community had been given incorrect information at the time of the school closure.

46. Recommend the Approval of Legacy Academy Charter
Attachment: LEGACY Contract.pdf
47. Approval of Educational Horizon's Renewal Contract
Attachment: EDUCATIONAL HORIZONS - FINAL 2016-2031.pdf
H. Middle School Programs/K-12

48. International Future Problem Solving Competition Field Trip to Michigan State University
H. Secondary Programs

49. International Odyssey of the Mind Competition Field Trip to Iowa State University
H. Central Area Superintendent

50. Contract/Field Trip - Cocoa High Football Game vs Bishop Gorman High in Nevada
Attachment: CHS_Contract_Bishop Gorman Football 2016.pdf
H. Project Management

51. Independent Citizens Oversight Committee - Sales Surtax Policy Recommendation (Policy 6350.03)
Attachment: sales surtax policy 6350.03 attachments.pdf

Mrs. Kneessy had questions about this item.  She supplied each of the Board members a copy of the minutes from the ICOC meeting.  She took issue with two items: 1.  She felt some of the items listed in the minutes were critical of the Board and 2. They indicated that the committee was going to try for a continuation of the half-cent sales tax. She had discussed these concerns with Mr. Bistline and he had concurred that these were both outside the committee's purview.

Discussion ensued between the Board.  At the conclusion, the consensus was that if any member of the ICOC had concerns about something that staff was doing, the committee as a whole, could ask the Chairman for an item to be placed on the School Board meeting agenda; where it could be discussed in the Sunshine.

52. District School Security Sales Surtax Project Prioritization
Attachment: ICOC Agenda Memo Regarding District School Security Sequencing December 2015.pdf

I. Staff Reports
J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
K. Board Member Reports/Discussion Points
53. Discussion Point- Smoking/Tobacco Policy - John Craig


Mr. Craig had asked to discuss the Tobacco Use Policy.  He said that his concern is that the way it was written up in the Florida Today and the way the signs around District facilities have verbiage that does not actually reflect what is written in the policy. Mr. Craig said that he went back into Florida Statute and school boards can have a much stricter policy than that of the state.  

There was discussion among Board members with questions being answered by Mr. Bistline.

Ultimately, Mr. Ziegler asked Dr. Blackburn to have someone compare the tobacco free signs to our policy and make certain they are in alignment.  

Mrs. Belford reminded Mr. Bistline and Dr. Blackburn that while they are looking into this, that we do contract with an organization that makes policy update recommendation to the District regarding our policies and she suggested that they are consulted for guidance for a more well defined policy.

54. Board Member Reports


Mr. Craig had questioned Dr. Thedy and Dr. Blackburn about our military transfer students and requirements for graduation for these students. Mr. Craig said that he and Dr. Thedy were going to review the language in Brevard's policy.

He also had a request/question for Dr. Thedy regarding the scheduling of parent conferences, in particular, the elementary school conferences and would like to find out the rationale behind why they are scheduled when they are.


L. Superintendent's Report
55. Superintendent's Report


Dr. Blackburn had no report.

M. Adjournment
56. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Ziegler adjourned the meeting at: 8:38 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).